Good morning everyone. This is Dr. Alex Hernandez, Chiropractor in North Bergen. Today I have Maria here with me, and what we’re going to do today is we’re going to answer a question that gets asked every week here at my office. And that is “Doc, what is the best way to sleep?” We’re going to show you the proper way to sleep and why.
The right way to sleep is laying on your back. And as basic as this might sound, most people don’t practice this way of sleeping. Now, why sleep face up? When you’re lying face up, you’re in a rested, comfortable position; the neck is in a good form, the muscles are relaxed. The main reason why we want to sleep face up is that the muscles of the neck, on the left and right side, are in a relaxed position, your upper back is in a relaxed position. This is the number one way to sleep.
Now the second way that is okay to sleep properly is you can lay on your side. Now, this way of sleeping is okay. What you want to keep in mind is that you don’t want to have a pillow that’s too big that’s going to kink the neck this way. Because if that happens, then you can end up getting neck pain the next morning. You also don’t want a pillow that’s too small, because then the neck starts to go the opposite way.