How to use our pillow to maintain a right posture
during sleeping & laying down

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ACA spokesman Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, was interviewed by Family Circle magazine on the best sleeping postures for one’s health. According to Dr. Hayden, the best posture for sidestepping soreness and waking up refreshed is lying on your side. “Sleeping on your side is better than on your back, which can cause your tongue to block your airway,” he explained.

The Best Sleeping Position: The Side Sleeping Position

The single best sleeping position is sleeping on your side. The way people normally side sleep though, isn’t healthy because the body isn’t aligned properly. Usually the lower back is curved over, the neck isn’t properly supported and we either crush our lower shoulder or hyper-extend it. Luckily for us, those issues are all easily fixed with a couple simple tweaks.

Support Your Neck and Head

People always ask our chiropractors, ‘What’s the best pillow for sleeping?’ We tell them, ‘Which ever one you feel most comfortable with that keeps your neck in alignment.’ What is important is how the pillow supports your head and neck so you’re not tilting or cramping to one side or the other. You want a pillow that holds your body in a neutral position.The key point is to keep your neck and spine in line. You don’t want too much tilt one way or the other. If your pillow height and neck are in line, you’ll be good to go.

 

Leg Position: Line Up Your Knees

The next step is to line your knees up together, with both knees pulled up and in front of your body.

You’ll want to have some sort of padding between your knees to keep your legs parallel. The knees are also a pressure point so the padding prevents your body from getting uncomfortable and fidgeting at night.The position of the lower legs isn’t important so do whatever is comfortable for you. As long as the knees are aligned, the lower legs can do whatever feels natural.

Taking Pressure Off the Bottom Shoulder

 

One of the problems some people have with the side sleeping position is putting too much pressure on the lower shoulder – which can compress it and leave it feeling tense in the morning. To avoid this, simply move the shoulder slightly forward and rest your hand back on the top of your pillow. Again, this creates a neutral position that is very easy for your body to maintain.

How to Practice Side Sleeping


When you first begin sleeping in this way, it is very normal to wake up with pillows flung all over the room and your body in a completely different position. That’s to be expected. After all, you’ve spent your entire life sleeping in a non-neutral position so it will take some time getting used to the new position.

The more you practice sleeping like this, the more your body will get used to it and you’ll begin to see the positive health effects.

The Vicoien® / (2nd Edition) / Pro

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Back & Belly

  • Equally supports back and belly at the same time

  • Can help provide support for neutral positioning

  • Turn from side to side without repositioning
     

What goes around.. Comes around

  • Extra cushiony full body support

  • Can help provide support for neutral positioning

Nest Rest

  • Can elevate upper or lower body when needed.

  • Great for targeted support
     

Back support

  • Can cushion and elevate upper back, shoulders, neck

  • Read or watch TV in bed

  • Cushions and cradles lower body

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