best sleeping position

For better health it is important to find the best sleeping position.

Small changes to the way you lie in bed can have a BIG impact on your zzz’s…


First and foremost, get off your stomach.

Sleeping on your stomach requires you to crank your neck to either side to make sure you are not face down and suffocating.

Stomach sleeping isn’t going to cause neck pain 100% of the time but 100% of the time it is increasing the likelihood of a muscle spasm or irritating a joint in the neck from stretching it over many hours.

It’s only a matter of time before this position starts to cause deterioration in your spine, no different than a car being out of alignment causing uneven wear and tear on tires.



Sleeping on your back with a properly fitting pillow is the best sleeping position. It keeps your spine neutral and naturally puts less strain on your body.

Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees is second best.  Placing a pillow between your knees keeps your hips even and prevents any unwanted strain while sleeping.

Can’t get off your stomach?

It takes active practice. In some cases it might feel uncomfortable because the underlying joints are irritated or shifted and don’t like the direct pressure of sleeping on the spine. This could reflect a core problem with your spine that needs Neuro-Structural Restoration.

If you have neck pain or you sleep on your stomach and need help stopping we might be able to help.

What have you tried to help change your sleeping habits?

Did it take a long time to change?

Please share any great tricks you have found. 

Ok, there you have it sleepers. Any questions let me know.

Dr. Derek Gallant has committed himself to helping others live the best life possible. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West where he finished 2nd in his class. He is the owner of Beverly Family Chiropractic and co-founder of The Well Family Foundation. Dr. Gallant is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in the Webster technique, an analysis focused on assisting pregnant women in a healthy pregnancy and natural birth. He has inspired thousands of people to take control of their own health using the Life By Design method. Apart from full time practice you can find Derek at the parks and coffee shops around Beverly with his family, training hard at the gym, or at the beach surfing.

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