If you wonder why your back keeps going out or your headaches won’t go away, take a look at your sleeping position! If you can help it, don’t sleep on your stomach; it’s bad for your back and even worse for your neck. Sleeping on your stomach forces the head into rotation (so you can breathe). Keeping the head rotated to its full range of motion for hours on end puts enormous stress on the top two vertebrae in the neck, frequently causing misalignment there. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine cause loss of normal motion and pinched nerves that result in terrible symptoms and ill health. Upper cervical subluxations (misalignments causing pinched nerves) are a common cause of headaches, migraines, dizziness, neck pain and numbness in the arms and hands. Pinched nerves in the upper neck can also cause TMJ syndrome, recurring ear infections and even contribute to heart, lung and stomach issues.
While these conditions are very common and cause much disruption to many lives, it seems an easy remedy – stop sleeping on your stomach! Unfortunately, this turns out to be quite difficult, if not impossible for many people; few have the ability to control what happens while they’re asleep. Well the first thing to do is try. If you cannot break the habit of sleeping on your stomach…. Welcome to the chiropractic lifestyle! This means if you sleep on your stomach, you should go to the chiropractor regularly throughout the year to keep your upper cervical spine in proper alignment.