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The Big NO-NO: Stomach Sleeping

Published October 19th, 2023 by Dr. Sam Camarata

Are you someone who enjoys sleeping on your stomach? It's time to rethink that habit, especially if you want to maintain a pain-free and healthy spine.

Dr. Sam Camarata and many other chiropractors strongly advise against stomach sleeping, and here's why:

1. Cervical Spine Torque: 

When you sleep on your stomach, you often have to turn your head to the side to breathe comfortably. This twisting of the neck leads to excessive torque on the cervical spine vertebrae, causing muscle strain and misalignment.

2. Muscular Stress:

Stomach sleeping forces your neck and back muscles to work overtime to keep your head turned in an awkward position. This constant muscle strain can lead to chronic pain and discomfort.

3. Nerve Pinching: 

The pressure on your neck and shoulders from stomach sleeping can pinch nerves, leading to neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines, and even numbness and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

4. Disc Pressure:

Stomach sleeping places undue pressure on the discs in your spine. Over time, this pressure can contribute to disc problems, such as herniations and degeneration, leading to ongoing back pain.

So, if you're looking for a way to alleviate neck pain, back pain, and headaches, it's time to change your sleeping habits. 

Opt for side or back sleeping positions to promote a healthier spine and better overall well-being. Your body will thank you for it!

Give us a call if you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines or numbness and tingling from your sleep positions! 585-617-4145

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