Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for functioning well the next day. Many of us prefer lying on our front as it feels most comfortable and helps us doze off quickly.
Your nightly routine plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy mind and body, and that includes your sleeping position.
However, it might be wise to reconsider sleeping on your front now.
Levitex, a pillow and mattress brand focused on spine health, warns that extended periods of lying on your front can wreak havoc on your back.
During a demonstration on a model wearing a muscle suit, their spokesperson explains that the muscles at the back of your upper legs have to stretch to maintain this position.
It's not just your legs doing all the work; your neck also undergoes unnecessary strain, similar to how you wouldn't watch TV in such an awkward posture for hours.
Moreover, your spine is under pressure when you lie on your stomach, leading to potential back problems in the near future if you continue this habit.
If possible, avoid sleeping on your stomach to protect your back health.
Levitex provides other useful tips on their TikTok page, offering advice for better sleep at home and while you're on the go.
Consider the travel pillows that many of us splurge on at the airport. It turns out there's a far superior and more cost-effective alternative.
Regarding those neck cushions, the expert remarked, "It's not going to support the 20 muscles and the seven tiny vertebrae in your neck."
"Try this hack to save you money and save space in your suitcase with the jumper that you're going to be coming home with because it's cold and miserable when you do.
"Fold it, roll it, wrap it round your neck, get an elastic band or a hair bobble, pin it together and now you have a beautiful neck cushion."
Regarding the pillows you use at night, as much as it pains me to say it, those nice, big fluffy ones aren't the best option.
Instead, we should all opt for thin, supportive cushions. They will properly support the curve of your head and prevent morning neck pain.
But don't rush to toss away those old pillows! According to the Levitex host, you can use one between your legs if you sleep on your side. This helps maintain a better posture.
So, there you have it – if you frequently wake up feeling like you've been hit by a truck, give these tips a try. They might make a difference.