Updated: Apr 29
Sleep is an area that is already quite complex for us adults- so many of us have troubled sleep, stemming from different sources.
This month, I have been doing a wonderful 6 week sleep education program from the Cleveland Clinic, and learning about enhancing sleep efficiency.
There are a lot of ways to practice health around sleep (these practices have the unsavory title “sleep hygiene”). Sleep hygiene concepts are important to know about and please look this up if you are unfamiliar (e.g. tasks like getting to bed around the same time each night, avoiding back lit screens an hour or two before bed, stopping consumption of caffeine and fluids at a certain time of night and getting up around the same time each day are all sleep hygiene).
For this our final week in April, I would like to explore some common questions I get around biomechanics relating to sleep. Biomechanical suggestions are not prescriptive- there are so many challenges people have when they sleep (from sacral instability to neck pain). In order to best know what you need, please talk with your provider directly.
Here are some frequently asked questions that might serve as helpful guidelines:
1. What sleep position is the best:
People often ask this question, and the answer is – it really depends! The position you sleep best in is the best for you. That being said, stomach sleeping is generally havoc for the neck. There is a modified belly sleep position that I will demo if folks are interested (jus