We’ve all been inundated with the importance of good posture, from our mothers telling us to “stand up straight” to our doctors reiterating the importance of a head held high. But how many of us think of our posture while we’re sleeping?
Proper posture creates the following benefits:
- Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
- Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.
- Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
- Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
- Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
- Prevents strain or overuse problems.
- Prevents backache and muscular pain.
- Contributes to a good appearance.
How we position ourselves at night is just as important as how we hold our bodies during the day. In fact, our sleep posture determines just how quickly we recover from the stresses of the day. According to Manhattan orthopedic physical therapist Peggy Brill, sleep is when “the proteins get back into the muscles, there’s rejuvenation of the body, so you want to be in a healthy anatomical position when you sleep” (as cited in WSJ, January, 14, 2013). The most important thing to consider when choosing a sleep position is to make sure that muscles and joints are not being unnaturally hindered. Pain and discomfort are likely to appear when pressure points are created through misalignment of the body. When pain and discomfort occur, sleep is interrupted. When sleep is interrupted, joints can become inflamed. When joints become inflamed, it’s more difficult to get restful sleep. All in all, it’s a destructive cycle to begin.
How can a Cuddle Ewe Underquilt wool mattress topper help stop this destructive, painful sleep pattern? By creating a flexible cushion of wool that contours to your body and removes the destructive damage of pressure points. Our gently cushioning wool underquilt takes your body weight and helps distribute it evenly over the entire surface of your sleeping area. This alleviates the pain and discomfort caused by compression and/or pressure points.
The next time you crawl into bed, think about the possibility of a restful, peaceful, painless night. Then give us a call.
(January 14, 2013). Find the Perfect Sleep Position. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from https://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595704578241642030220064.htm
Posture for a Healthy Back. The Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/back_health/hic_posture_for_a_healthy_back.aspx