Keeping posture when you sleep

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    May 21, 2009 3:44 PM GMT
    I feel that I lose my posture when I sleep. I sleep on my side and kinda hunch over.
    What positions do you sleep in? Any positions to help maintain good back posture (without sleeping on the floor)?
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    May 21, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    Been trying to sleep on my back too but it's friggin hard because it takes longer for me to fall asleep and I roll back to a more comfortable posture in my sleep anyway. I normally sleep on my side or on my belly, and it's not helping my posture any.
  • FredMG

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    May 21, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
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    I feel for you I sleep on my side and curl up in a fetal position and my shoulders roll forward.

    I use a bolster aka a "body pillow" and drape a leg over the top. That helps keep your lower back in line. For what it's worth Ikea catagorizes it's pillows by "back' or 'side" sleepers.
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    May 21, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    Only chiming in because a friend and I just had a discussion about this (no expert advice just opinion)

    First I feel bad that someone's back pain is so bad that they are trying to adjust how they sleep - which seems to me like it should be relaxing and natural

    That said: I'd have to wonder what you're doing with your posture and to your back during the roughly 16 hours your awake. Focus on that. Sleeping, totally relaxed, with no body weight to support doesn't seem like it should cause that much damage (your neck maybe with the wrong pillow but back . . . . )

    I would argue that any back pain you feel after sleeping is just your body screaming from trying to re-adjust all the crazy stuff you did to it during the day.

    My friend with back pain now sits on one of those big exercise balls instead of a chair. He swears by it - his back pain is gone.

    Again - just opinion - good luck though - back pain sucks
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 21, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    I would have thought that sleeping on your side was the natural way to sleep icon_confused.gif

    I have been told that sleeping stretched out on your back, is bad for your back.

    It also can contribute to snoring.

    I think it may be time for a new bed icon_razz.gif
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    May 21, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    How can I keep proper posture when sandwiched / entwined between dog on one side and cat on the other?
  • handsoffire

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    May 21, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    Hmm, I always find that sleeping between two hot men helps.icon_razz.gif keep your pillows low profile, try to keep the neck and spine in line.

    Sleeping on your back can lead to snoring if you're a mouth breather. Most nasal breathers don't have an issue, unless they have a cold ;)
  • Sebastian18

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    May 21, 2009 9:20 PM GMT
    When I start noticing my posture acting up because of sleep, I find it helpful to sleep on the floor for a night or two. Typically, I feel a "straighter" afterward and find it easier to walk appropriately during the day. Alternately, you could try to be conscious of your posture throughout the day but, depending on where/what/how you work, that may not be the most viable option.
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    May 21, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    I’ve been through quite an ordeal with my back over the last 24 months – surgery followed by physical therapy. Both my neurosurgeon and my physical therapist told me that the position you sleep in (front, side, or back) was not important what was important is the mattress you are sleeping on.

    My neurosurgeon recommended a Tempur-Pedic mattress, followed by any good firm or medium firm mattress. He also recommended a Herman Miller Aeron Desk Chair.

    If you've had your mattress anywhere from 8-10 years, or if it looks saggy or lumpy... it's probably time for a new mattress.
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    May 21, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    jtaustin saidI’ve been through quite an ordeal with my back over the last 24 months – surgery followed by physical therapy. Both my neurosurgeon and my physical therapist told me that the position you sleep in (front, side, or back) was not important what was important is the mattress you are sleeping on.
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    The Mayo Clinic would disagree with your therapist and surgeon. Many authorities recommend laying on your side since this reduces pressure on the disks. I've had ruptured lumbar disks and in my case this was true. Laying on the abdomen is the worst position for me.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleeping-positions/LB00003_D
    I agree with using a new firm mattress that does not sag
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    May 21, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    I sleep on my side, and put a pillow between my legs and something smaller between my feet. It really helps posture and gives more back support.
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    May 21, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    COJock1974 saidHow can I keep proper posture when sandwiched / entwined between dog on one side and cat on the other?


    I envy you.icon_wink.gif
    Sometimes the position I chose to sleep in is the shape of the non-dog covered area.
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    May 22, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    kneedraggen said
    jtaustin saidI’ve been through quite an ordeal with my back over the last 24 months – surgery followed by physical therapy. Both my neurosurgeon and my physical therapist told me that the position you sleep in (front, side, or back) was not important what was important is the mattress you are sleeping on.
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    The Mayo Clinic would disagree with your therapist and surgeon. Many authorities recommend laying on your side since this reduces pressure on the disks. I've had ruptured lumbar disks and in my case this was true. Laying on the abdomen is the worst position for me.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleeping-positions/LB00003_D
    I agree with using a new firm mattress that does not sag


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  • barriehomeboy

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    May 22, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    I'm an X-Ray Technologist. We have to align a guy's spine properly to get it in the anatomical position i.e. normal. That means a pillow between the knees, and a sponge under the waist for those not-chubby guys. That's how the chiropractors say you should be sleeping.

    If you have a really soft mattress, you'll sink into it and won't need the sponge under your waist, skinny lads. Those mattress adds are an accurate respresentation of how you should sleep.

    Some people like to sleep on their back. They likely don't have a lot sleepovers, or a spouse, because that's a recipe for snoring.

    Sleeping on your stomach, without a pillow, is a recipe for back trouble. With a pillow is a recipe for a LOT of trouble.

    We all were in the fetal position in the womb. But only some of us ended up being hunchbacks. Not being one of those hot ramrod straight back and shoulders guys has more to do with how we're standing up than how we're sleeping.

    It's only anecdotal, but the expert gaydar guys tell me that gay guys in the closet tend to hunch over, much like guys who are too tall and are trying to fit in with the normal shorter people.

    If you're one of those hot ramrod back guys, don't worry about how you're sleeping. If you're getting a hunch like me, look at your waking life, and how you're spending your time at work, and at play.

    Stand up and be proud of you, and us. Get the IT people at work to put the keyboards and monitors in a position where you're not having to look down all the time to see what you're doing.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 22, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    Sorry I wrote that too fast. Sleeping on your side with the pillow between the knees is the chiropractors advice.
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    May 22, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
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    May 22, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    Not that keeping posture 24/7/365 is easy and comfortable to do but I've always been a proponent of posture in other men and myself. It makes for a leaner form, better display of musculature, and adds an air of confidence to a person that slouching denies. As for sleeping with posture; I try to sleep on my back as much as possible, though my tossing and turning force me to change positions, for that I have made it a nightly habit to toss and turn myself into stretching and workout poses, so that my back may remain more or less straightened and elongated. I've been trying for years to keep my back from getting twisted by the couches and various beds I've slept on over the years, but as somebody mentioned in this thread, the way you sit throughout the day, as well as stand and workout also has a lot to do with the body's ability to heal itself. So practicing perfect posture in all you do will be equally beneficial to your body's health, as it is to your appearance.
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    May 22, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    yah whatever.... you sleep how you sleep. Worry about how you stand, sit and walk. When that is perfect worry about how you sleep

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    May 22, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
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  • training_guy

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    May 22, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    It's not always good to lie on yourside as it can cause you shoulder problems... As long as you have a firm bed sleep in a position which is comfortable for you...just don't sleep prone as that's really bad for your neck!!
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    May 23, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    jakenoh saidOnly chiming in because a friend and I just had a discussion about this (no expert advice just opinion)

    First I feel bad that someone's back pain is so bad that they are trying to adjust how they sleep - which seems to me like it should be relaxing and natural



    My back doesn't necessarily hurt. Though, I pop my whole back at least once a day.

    Thanks for the advice guys. I do love sleeping on my side and sometimes stomach. I do toss and turn a lot. A lot! That is why I think my posture slacks. I fall asleep with good posture and in a comfortable position, I toss and turn into a natural comfortable slouch. I have tried to keep my posture during the day, and I know I still need to work on that. I do sleep on an older mattress, and everyone that lays on it LOVES IT.