best sleeping position

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  1. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    What opinions have you on the best position for sleep?

    cause i just cant find one.
     
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  3. c20H25N3o Shiny Heart of a Shiny Child Registered Senior Member

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    <iframe height=270 width=385 src=http://www.srht.nhs.uk/sah/AboutSAH/complications_files/image002.jpg></iframe>

    I reckon that's gotta be a good bet i.e. the recovery position. Best to have about 2 feet of empty bed either side of you too

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  7. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    Don't know, I sleep on a hard surface straight on my back, maybe with crossed hands on my chest.
    is it the best - I don't know - but I know it's good for the spine, although the reason why I sleep so is that I feel comfortable to meditate in such a position while falling asleep.
     
  8. Laika Space Bitch Registered Senior Member

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    I like to start off curled up foetus-like, then maybe stretch out as the night progresses. If I'm feeling particularly wild I'll lie on my front for a bit. For me there are no holes barred. But I'm just crazy like that.
     
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    It really doesn't matter as long you don't think how you're going to fall a sleep.
     
  10. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    its not that try and think, its that my back hurts. i have severe scoliosis and i cant stay in one position for long because my back starts aching. I found one position, straight without a pillow and my legs highly elevated on a bunch of pillows, hands over chest. I can meditate like this, but i cant sleep for long, because my legs start to get numb and feel twitchy. any position where my back is bent feels good, only on my right side, and then my neck and knees start to get stiff and wont let me fall asleep.
     
  11. cato less hate, more science Registered Senior Member

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    I took a health class that took on this issue. it is beat to sleep on your back. next best, if I remember correctly, is to sleep on your side. however, if you sleep on your side, you should have a pillow or something between your legs to your back from being twisted. the worst is to sleep on your stomach, as your body (with your head on a pillow) makes an arch in the wrong direction.
     
  12. valich Registered Senior Member

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    We have to talk. I have a very serious scoliosis problem too, and its getting worse. It's now at 25 degrees, progressing over 1 degree per year. If I can't counteract it, when it gets to 40 degrees, I have to half a foot-and-a-half rod put in.

    The best sleeping position is on your back. That's a fact. They say, don't have your head elevated very much, but if anything, elevate your legs to increase the circulation.
     
  13. Ifu Banned Banned

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    I find it least comfortable to sleep on my back, and for the most part I sleep entirely on my stomach with my arms crossed and supporting my head. My body does indeed make a dramatic arch [in the wrong direction], but it just seems to feel very good, and I never imagined it would be detrimental to my health.

    Why exactly is it best to sleep on your back? I'm sure if you learned it in a health class then there is some sort of physical reason that you should sleep on your back and not your front. Could you explain why?
     
  14. CANGAS Registered Senior Member

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    Horizontal.
     
  15. valich Registered Senior Member

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    Horizontal is on your back.
     
  16. Facial Valued Senior Member

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    Most of the time, on my side, usually tilted towards my stomack.
     
  17. valich Registered Senior Member

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    Medically speaking: health wise. They say that it is best to sleep horizonataly on your back with your head not very elevated. Increasing the height of your legs improves blood circulation.

    Not that I always sleep this way - although I should. As far as comfort goes, I turn and twist in different positions all night to stay comfortable: contrary what doctors tell me to do.
     
  18. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    How old are you? If you're close to the age at which you'll stop growing, you dont have to worry as much about it progressing anymore. I discovered it at 15, and now at 18 I'm pretty much done with growth. I hope. They said some bone on my pelvic plate is closed up, or is about to.

    My curvature is 50 and 55 degrees, in a backwards s shape. this shape balences out so i only have a few degrees of tilt to my left. I was scheduled to have surgery a year ago, but my dad pulled me out at the last second (im really glad he did) and bought me a yoga/pilates book. I havent really used it, but i've been excersizing and my back doesnt hurt as much as it used to.

    <b>DO NOT</b> get surgery. refuse it, if you have to. you'll never again be able to bend the part of the spine they fuse. And it will probably ruin your life. your back is a frenzy of muscles. If you strenghten them, they'll straighten your back out for you. Or so my dad's theory goes.

    Figure out your weak side, and start to strenghten it with aerobics, gymnasics, etc...And get out a sheet of paper and write something. see which way you lean. If its with your curve, try and change the way you sit, write, or even your hand dominance. I leaned like a backwards C and I've become ambidextrous with all the things I've done with my left side.
     
  19. valich Registered Senior Member

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    I'm 48, but don't let that influence our conversation in any way. I have a rare condition - root avulsion - that occurred 14 years again as a result of a motorcycle accident. It's just like Christopher Reeves', but his involved a lower cervical spine root avulsion. Mine is T1-C5. One more lower and I'd have been in the same condition as he.

    I know exactly what is going on, have done extensive research on it, and have consulted numerous orthopedic surgeons. Surgery would definitely be a last resort: an the exteme last resort. That is, if I became totally disabled due to the increasing pain. As it is, I'm on codeine (Vicodone or Hydrocode) 3X/day and have a limited endurance of upward-standing mobile activity: walking around and such. I only have a 2-3 hour limit before the scoliosis starts to bend my back so much that it becomes too painful. I have a 15 degree lateral curvature to right, then a compensatory 25 degree curvature to the left. We're first trying to determine the rate of progression and go from there. I would not consider surgery unless the pain became too intense to bear and I became almost totally immobile.

    You say that you have a 50-55 degree backward S-shape. Then you have kyphosis, not scoliosis, right? I have a 25 degree sideways S-shape. Ten years ago it was only 15 degrees, so I'm assuming the rate of progression is 1 degree per year. But this is not definitive because the degrees were measured by different radiologists. It'll take another year for the same radioligist to examine it again to determine the rate of progression because he has no idea how the previous radioligist determined it.

    My condition is complicated due to partial paralysis in my upper right torso. I no longer have rhomboid muscles on the rightside of my back to balance the leftside pull. Because of my age, I am no longer developing, so the are no braces that could help. I figure the best thing I can do is to avoid most upright mobile activity, so I compensate this by exercising intensively two hours a day to strengthen my back muscles. I do 1500 sit ups and almost and hour of laying-down leg spins every day. This is equivalent to running or jogging and boy do I ever miss doing that! I used to run 5-10 miles every morning: felt so great! I wish I could do that again.

    Yeah, I agree: "do not get surgery." But it all depends on what my condition is ten years from now. Maybe then I'll have no other choice. No one knows.
     
  20. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    ok i have some advice, and some info that is just interesting and isnt for everybody, but regardless has amazing effects,


    it all depends on what your trying to achieve with the sleeping position,

    some Qi gong sleeping positions increase flexibility, strength, reduce back pain,

    but most people just want a nice nights sleep,

    sleeping on your back with your arms stretched out over time will set your shoulders back and b better for your spine and upper back area,

    sleeping bent backwards like a bow, will give you good strength and flexibility, but will ache and take alot of getting used to, its hard to do it properly,

    sleeping on your side is generally a bad idea, if you already have perfect posture, and know some yoga you could manage to sleep half on your side and keep all muscles and inner self alligned, but its best not to sleep on either of your shoulders or arms, its bad for your posture and will cause pains,

    posture training is very important, its always a good idea to strengther your back muscles, and all of your muscles really, stance holding is what i use for this, you should always walk sit and lay down with correct posture, and ofcourse workout with correct posture,

    sleeping on a bed of nails is very effectie, also helps with your internal energies, sleeping with healing crystals and magnets are good for you, and will give posative effects, but you have to sleep with correct posture even if you use those kind of things,


    and sleeping well can be effected alot by your surroundings, its best to have good energies flowing in your room, have fresh air in there, fire, water feature, wood, metal (evenly balenced amount) have some plants and flowers, maybe some fish, or other life form, dont have clutter, have relaxing colours in the room, nothing to clashy, and very important last but not least, sleep with no electrical appliances turned on in your bedroom. its best actually not to have any electric devices atall in your sleeping domain,


    i would sum it down to your bedroom, your posture, and your stress levels, also your diet can effect sleep, just keep it well balenced, and make sure you always have a nice healthy breakfast. i know its a saying used alot and hasnt much meaning to many people nowdays, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and not eating a good breakfast an effect your sleep later that night.

    peace.
     
  21. valich Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for summing it up: exact truth.

    But what is "sleeping with healing crystals and magnets are good for you"? I'm afraid I've never heard of this one. Try to be more exact. Maybe references?
     
  22. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    there is probably tons of info about this on google, magnets are even sold now in beds, pillows, duvets, mattress, you can get wrist bands hats, all types of things, im not to sure on the science behind the magnets, but i know how the crystals work, you can goodle that aswell, on healing and sleeping crystals probably, but the magnets have been tested and do give good results for multiple things, including some minor desiese, aches pains, and general feeling of well bieng,


    peace.
     
  23. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    scoliosis. This is what mine looks like:
    here
     

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