This question pops up from time to time when people experience soreness in their lower back, neck and shoulders and wonder if it’s to do with the position they sleep. Yes, in certain cases, changing the way in which you fall asleep can assist minimising your discomfort and allowing a good night sleep.
Do you wake up in the morning and have an extremely ‘dead’ arm? If you sleep on your side or have your arm over your head for an extended period of time you are placing strain on muscles and the neurovascular system causing such symptoms as pins and needles, numbness, heaviness and limited movement.
Sleeping on your back you’re more inclined to snore as your tongue partially blocks your airway. If you sleep on your side it puts more pressure on your internal organs, sleep on your stomach you’re more susceptible to neck and back soreness as your spine is not supported.
Do you use 1 pillow? 2 pillows? 3 pillows? 4?... Everyone is completely different and has their own sleeping patterns, habits, traits etc – some will need a certain doona, a certain sheet thread count, but more than ever it is always the pillow that is the main priority for a good night sleep. If you find that you’re a side sleeper and are putting your arm under your pillow to support your neck or make it comfortable, perhaps place another pillow on top. This could be a sign that your pillow is to flat. Waking up with a sore neck and are sleeping on 4 pillows, this could be a sign that you have to many pillows and it is causing strain on your neck.
So, you can try to change the way in which you sleep, but ultimately your body has a mind of its own!