What’s the Best Position for Me to Sleep in?


Here’s a question that regularly gets asked to many of the chiropractors on our list of doctors who work on a lien basis: What’s the best position for me to sleep in?

The short answer, according to Dr. Carolyn Griffin, DC of Back to Health Chiropractic, is to sleep either on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Why? Well, let’s look into it further. According to experts, sleeping on your side can reduce snoring, reduce acid reflux, help with back pain, and help reduce the pain caused by pregnancy or old age. Just hearing that, it’s no wonder why 60% of people sleep primarily on their side at night. It’s also important to prioritize sleeping on your left side, as sleeping on your right may increase pressure on your internal organs. By adding a pillow between your knees, you can help out your alignment even more and prevent pain.

The only drawback to sleeping on your side is that it could create shoulder pain and/or facial wrinkles.

What about lying on your back? Lying on your back, according to experts, can help prevent neck pain and the misalignment that causes it. By sleeping on your back, you’re helping to allow gravity to evenly align your spine while you’re sleeping.

The worst sleeping position, according to experts, is sleeping on your stomach. Why? Well, it seems that sleeping on your stomach can put strain on your joints, which causes pain. The more pain you’re feeling as you sleep, the more you will wake up, and the more restless your sleep becomes. For a good night sleep, it’s best to avoid this position.

So, our chiropractors have spoken! If you’re looking for the best position to sleep in at night, be sure to use a pillow under or in between your legs and try not to sleep on your stomach. And, while you’re here, be sure to check out our list of doctors who work on a lien basis.