We all love our sleep, and our bodies love sleep, too. This is the time when it gets to recharge, process, and refresh for the next day when we’re probably going to put it through the wringer again.
As we’re unconscious during the process, some of us twist and turn and land up in interesting positions during the night. Unfortunately, not all positions are that beneficial—particularly lying on one’s stomach.
As comfy as it is, lying on your stomach puts a lot of pressure on our spines. Most of the weight is placed in the middle of our bodies while in this position, and lying like this frequently for an extended period of time can result in back pain, as well as pain or numbness in other parts of the body if the spinal nerves are compromised.
Your neck is another area that can suffer from sleeping on your stomach. In order to actually breathe, you’re probably turning your head to the side. That position can also twist the spine and lead to neck pain, which, in turn, can result in headaches.
This is all to say, sleeping should rather be done on your side or back. But, if you must lie on your stomach, place a pillow under your pelvis to relieve some of that stress.