While you’re awake, you have more control over your posture as you develop self-awareness of your body’s positioning. You can reinforce good habits by wearing a posture bra, incorporating flexibility exercises, and by creating an ergonomic workspace.
But, have you considered the quality of your sleeping posture? At one point or another, we’ve all experienced the occasional morning where we’ve woken up with a sore neck or sore back, which we attribute to sleeping in an awkward position.
The average person spends a third of their life sleeping, or lying down. So, your sleeping posture does matter, and it can affect how you feel during your waking hours. Are you a side sleeper, back sleeper, or do you sleep on your stomach? Do you find yourself sleeping in a fetal position?
Poor posture while you sleep can lead to the following:
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Muscle and ligament strain
- Soreness and tension
- Poor circulation
Changing up your sleeping position can reduce back and neck pain. Here are practical ways to support good sleeping posture. Tip: The best positions to sleep in are on you back or side.
If you’re a back sleeper, elevate your knees by placing a pillow under your knees. This position can support the curve of your lower back, and help relax your back. Sleep with a pillow underneath your neck to help keep your neck in alignment with your chest and back.
If you’re a side sleeper, place a pillow between your legs and drawing your legs up slightly towards your chest. The intent here is to take the pressure off your back and spine.
Sleeping on your stomach is less optimal for your lower back. However, if you can’t get comfortable sleeping on your side or back, then place a pillow beneath your hips and stomach to reduce back strain. Also, sleep with a pillow under your head.
What’s a good sleep bra?
Wearing comfortable clothing will help you fall and stay asleep. If you sleep better with a bra on, we would suggest our Dream Bra - Modal and Dream Shorts, which are made with TENCEL Modal. The Dream Bra specifically is a low compression posture bra designed for comfort. TENCEL Modal is prized for its temperature-regulating characteristic. The Dream line has a relaxed fit with an incredibly soft and silky texture for comfort.
Sleeping positions that reduce back pain I Mayo Clinic
Sleep posture I Sleep Foundation
Best Sleeping Positions for a Good Night’s Sleep I Healthline