What All Side Sleepers Need to Know About Getting Restful Sleep & Avoiding Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain & Hip Pain!
It has long been thought that lying on your back is the optimal sleep position but more recently researchers have started ‘singing the praises’ of sleeping on your side.
The potential benefits associated with sleeping on your side that researchers have been quick to point out include:
- Reduced joint and lower back pain
- Reduced snoring
- Possibly improved brain health
- Improved gut health
Those are some pretty impressive benefits!
Let’s quickly take a closer look at each.
Researchers say when lying properly on the side the sleeper can take pressure off of their lower back and other joints to reduce pain and sleep better.
Researchers say that snoring is more apt to occur when you sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side can also reduce the effects of sleep apnea, which is a serious condition that involves disruptions in breathing and which can lead to a number of serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart attacks and cognitive issues.
In fact, scientists are now saying that sleeping on your side may also promote overall brain health. The reason they say is that the side position allows for easier removal of brain waste, which then reduces a person’s chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Another big benefit of side sleeping is improved gut health. Lying in the side position allows the digestive system to function better compared to lying on your back. This can then lead to less heartburn, constipation and bloating.
But Can Sleeping on Your Side Cause Shoulder, Neck & Hip Pain?
The short answer is “yes, it can” if you do not lie properly. The key to avoiding developing a sore shoulder, neck or hip is to use the right kind of pillow.
A proper pillow will keep your spine in alignment and allow you to properly spread your weight out along the side of your body instead of focusing it too much on one area – like your shoulder.
For example, if you use a poor pillow that keeps your head too low, then excess weight will be placed on your shoulder and you could develop pain.
Of course, if you overcorrect and use a pillow or pillows that are too high, then it could cause you to develop pain in your neck.
Ideally, you want a good, firm pillow that keeps your head straight in line with your shoulders.
If you are a side sleeper and have pain in your neck, shoulder, back or hip there are pillows that can help you relieve that pain.
Here Are 4 Types of Pillows That Can Help Side Sleepers Sleep Without Pain
Contoured Cervical Pillow Memory Foam for Side Sleepers (Neck Pain)
Featuring a strategic ergonomic design, this pillow helps support and comfort your head, neck and shoulders – keeping them all aligned so that your spine is level and your weight equally distributed.
The pillow is carefully designed to place your head in a natural sleeping position and features indents that allow you to easily put your arm under the pillow. It is especially made to support the area of your back between your shoulder blades and to avoid putting any undue stress on the neck.
The bottom line is this pillow is specially made to help you drift off into uninterrupted slumber each and every night!
Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers (Back & Hip Pain)
Placing this orthopedic pillow between your knees aligns your spine and relieves back and hip pain.
This particular pillow comes with a strap that keeps it in place (at either your upper or lower leg) for gentle support when you are in any side sleeping position.
That means no more searching the sheets for a lost knee pillow, your knee pillow moves with you to keep your hips and posture in perfect alignment so you can avoid pinched nerves, sciatica, and morning joint pains.
With this pillow, you can put a stop to waking up with a sore back!
Triangle Wedge Pillow for Side Sleepers (Neck & Shoulder Pain)
This wedge-style pillow is designed to offer greater support to your neck and shoulders and more specifically it allows your body to fall into a perfect neutral position.
Sleeping in this position will then help improve circulation, relieve pressure points and reduce difficulty in breathing. That’s why benefits associated with the use of this pillow include: reduced snoring, reduced neck pain, reduced shoulder pain, less acid reflux and much more.
Some additional ways you can use this pillow include: to sleep at an incline to improve respiration, to lean back and watch TV, to put under the knees to increase circulation to the legs and to put in your lap to hold a laptop or tablet.
Side Sleeper Full Body Pregnancy Pillow
(Not Just for Pregnancy – Supports Back, Hips, Knees, Neck & Head)
This pillow is designed to cradle and support your entire body to reduce tossing and turning, keep your neck, shoulders, back and hip aligned and ensure a good night’s rest.
The pillow can be easily formed into multiple shapesto provide support where needed – such as to elevate the legs to improve blood circulation. It is also great for reading, watching TV, resting, breastfeeding and other activities.
This U-shaped pillow can easily replace all the other small pillows on your bed and give you comfortable and sound sleep!
One Big Advantage All of These Pillows have Going for Them is They Contain Memory Foam!
Pillows can come with a variety of fillings such as latex, fluff, fiber and memory foam.
To ensure the best possible support night after night, we highly recommend memory foam.
Slow rebound memory foam offers comfort and support for optimal sleep positioning and it always returns to its original form again and again.
By getting the right pillow, with memory foam, you can ensure painless nights sleeping on your side!