Stomach sleepers beware

  • badbug

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    Feb 10, 2016 11:44 PM GMT

    So i heard it mentioned on the Joe Rogan podcast yesterday that people who sleep on their stomach have a far higher incidence rate of back and neck pain.

    I did some googling and found website after website, article after article saying stomach sleeping is the worst position for spine health. icon_mad.gif


    I recently started having an increase in pains in my neck and shoulders and feel that it may be related to my new pillow. Apparently stomach sleeping is bad but it's even worse when you do it on a big comfy pillow, which i thought i was getting to improve my sleep posture. A few articles say if you must sleep on your stomach, a thin pillow or no pillow at all is best...those same articles also seem to say that they do not recommend sleeping on your stomach at all.


    I did in the past hear that sleeping on your back is BETTER for your posture but i didn't know that sleeping on your stomach was BAD. So i have tried before to change my sleeping position and gave up after a few days as i just couldn't fall asleep no matter how hard i tried.
    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. I fall asleep in 30 seconds after my head hits the pillow! I sleep so deeply!!! I am like a sleeping machine. I once slept through a guy putting up aluminum siding on the wall opposite where i was sleeping. Like i woke up to his hammering, and went back to bed while he continued to hammer a few feet, maybe 1 foot from my head!! It's like being superman and finding out you can't fly anymore or being clark kent and them taking away your glasses!!


    Anyways, whatever. Apparently 11 percent of people are stomach sleepers. So to my fellow stomach sleepers, i suggest you look into this if you are having back or neck pains or even if you don't because as it has been explained, the body can only take so much stomach sleeping before shit starts to break. icon_sad.gif


  • FRE0

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    Feb 11, 2016 5:31 PM GMT
    Sleeping on your stomach is probably OK if you put some padding or a thin pillow under your stomach and definitely not use a pillow under your head!
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 11, 2016 6:31 PM GMT
    I eliminated my neck and back pain by using a memory foam mattress topper and sleeping flat on my back with no pillow.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 11, 2016 6:47 PM GMT
    badbug said
    So i heard it mentioned on the Joe Rogan podcast yesterday that people who sleep on their stomach have a far higher incidence rate of back and neck pain.

    I did some googling and found website after website, article after article saying stomach sleeping is the worst position for spine health. icon_mad.gif


    I recently started having an increase in pains in my neck and shoulders and feel that it may be related to my new pillow. Apparently stomach sleeping is bad but it's even worse when you do it on a big comfy pillow, which i thought i was getting to improve my sleep posture. A few articles say if you must sleep on your stomach, a thin pillow or no pillow at all is best...those same articles also seem to say that they do not recommend sleeping on your stomach at all.


    I did in the past hear that sleeping on your back is BETTER for your posture but i didn't know that sleeping on your stomach was BAD. So i have tried before to change my sleeping position and gave up after a few days as i just couldn't fall asleep no matter how hard i tried.
    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. I fall asleep in 30 seconds after my head hits the pillow! I sleep so deeply!!! I am like a sleeping machine. I once slept through a guy putting up aluminum siding on the wall opposite where i was sleeping. Like i woke up to his hammering, and went back to bed while he continued to hammer a few feet, maybe 1 foot from my head!! It's like being superman and finding out you can't fly anymore or being clark kent and them taking away your glasses!!


    Anyways, whatever. Apparently 11 percent of people are stomach sleepers. So to my fellow stomach sleepers, i suggest you look into this if you are having back or neck pains or even if you don't because as it has been explained, the body can only take so much stomach sleeping before shit starts to break. icon_sad.gif


    What happy horseshiticon_exclaim.gif Everything is bad for you. Humans have been laying on their stomachs probably since the beginning of recorded time and it didn't disable any of them. These researchers are full of shit up to their eyeballs. Anything for publicity.
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    Feb 11, 2016 7:45 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    What happy horseshiticon_exclaim.gif Everything is bad for you. Humans have been laying on their stomachs probably since the beginning of recorded time and it didn't disable any of them. These researchers are full of shit up to their eyeballs. Anything for publicity.

    lol - I concur.
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2016 7:49 PM GMT
    I sleep on my stomach but I use a body pillow. <3 my natural bedding. icon_smile.gif
  • badbug

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    Feb 11, 2016 8:09 PM GMT
    I eliminated my neck and back pain by using a memory foam mattress topper and sleeping flat on my back with no pillow


    Did you used to be a stomach sleeper?



    Humans have been laying on their stomachs probably since the beginning of recorded time and it didn't disable any of them. These researchers are full of shit up to their eyeballs. Anything for publicity


    Not sure what to say to that. I am not sure why, but i feel like you and Ted Nugent agree on lots of things.

    Sleeping on your stomach is probably OK if you put some padding or a thin pillow under your stomach and definitely not use a pillow under your head


    I attempted to sleep on my side last night, i was super freaking tired so i thought i could pull it off.
    Not a fucking chance. 30 minutes of feeling more and more awake i gave up and rolled onto my stomach. 30 seconds (maybe?) or perhaps 3 seconds later i was asleep. I did, however, toss the pillow and went pillow-less. I woke up feeling like my shoulders and neck weren't as sore but my back felt worse. icon_sad.gif

    I dunno. I am being extra careful about my posture during the day and i guess time will tell.





  • leanandclean

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    Feb 11, 2016 10:43 PM GMT
    My own experience is evidence for this. I slept on my stomach until a few years ago, when I learned that it might explain why I woke up with a sore back. I switched to sleeping on my back and side and the back pain went away.

    You could try taping a tennis ball to your chest.
  • badbug

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    Feb 12, 2016 2:02 AM GMT
    You could try taping a tennis ball to your chest


    I heard this yes.

    The problem for me seems i can't fall asleep any other way.

    I am going to try sleeping without a pillow for a few more days/weeks and see if that helps, a long with a ramped up stretching routine. I am also planning on starting yoga.



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    Feb 12, 2016 5:22 AM GMT
    My cat sleeps on my stomach. Will that ruin his back or mine?
  • leanandclean

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    Feb 12, 2016 10:44 PM GMT
    Another solution I remember reading about is to try sleeping face down on a massage pillow (has a big hole in middle) if you must sleep on your stomach. I'm not sure how easy it would be to breathe, even with the hole, but the idea is that you will no longer be twisting your neck.
  • leanandclean

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    Feb 12, 2016 10:45 PM GMT
    anotherphil saidMy cat sleeps on my stomach. Will that ruin his back or mine?


    Not a problem unless he is humongous.
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    Feb 12, 2016 11:10 PM GMT
    leanandclean said
    anotherphil saidMy cat sleeps on my stomach. Will that ruin his back or mine?


    Not a problem unless he is humongous.


    I'll ask the vet to take an extra look at his spine just in case. ;)
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    Feb 13, 2016 12:00 AM GMT
    Side sleeper. Purrrr......
  • dumbbell

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    Feb 13, 2016 1:53 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidHere.....

    Sleep like this:

    3-bats-sleeping.jpg

    Problem solved....


    I'm not sure. I think sleeping like a bat may cause brain damage, but I guess it would still be worth a try. Brain damage probably isn't bothersome if you're asleep.

    Personally, I like to start off sort of on my stomach and sort of on my side, with a pillow between my knees. But eventually the between-the-knees pillow shifts away and I end up more or less on my stomach in the position that feels most comfortable and natural -- anyone who has received first aid training will recognize this as the "recovery position" in which you are supposed to place an unconscious casualty. Babies do this naturally.

    For fuck's sake, just let people sleep the way they want to -- I can't sleep on my back.

    Come to think of it, I can't seem to think of any animals that do sleep on their backs -- there's something weird and unnatural about it.
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    Feb 13, 2016 10:11 PM GMT
    Find someone to spoon with. You'll automatically be a side sleeper.
  • badbug

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    Feb 13, 2016 10:38 PM GMT
    Find someone to spoon with. You'll automatically be a side sleeper


    Never happens. I get too hot and have to push them away and/or i have to get to my stomach to actually fall asleep.

    Maybe i need to date Bill Cosby. Bet he could get me to sleep in any position.
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    Feb 14, 2016 1:15 AM GMT
    Stomach sleeping hasn't been a problem yet and I've been around a while.


  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 21, 2016 1:32 AM GMT
    A very strong core will help alleviate some of the potential problems of sleeping on your stomach.
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    Feb 21, 2016 3:48 AM GMT
    A whole thread about something that has been scientifically studied, with repeated results, and not one single link was posted.

    Fail

    I would post a link, but obviously nobody here gives enough of a fuck to do their own research.