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What Is the Best Position for Sleep?

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  • If you frequently toss and turn during sleep, chances are you’re a side sleeper or stomach sleeper. For sound, healthy sleep, you need to sleep on your back, in a neutral position, with a pillow under your neck, not your head, to maintain proper spinal curve
  • Poor sleeping position is a common cause of aches and pains. It can also trigger or aggravate arthritic conditions
  • If you’re a chronic side sleeper, it may take up to four months to retrain your body to comfortably sleep on your back. It may take even longer if you’re used to sleeping on your stomach

By Dr. Peter Martone

My name is Dr. Peter Martone. I am a chiropractor and an exercise physiologist. This is my "sleep story." When I think back to my earliest memories when I was a child, I can still remember wanting to sleep on my side, which faced the crucifix on the wall in my room. I felt secure and protected and every morning I would end up at the end of my bed or even on the floor. I never stayed in one position. 


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