Expert shares two sleeping positions that will give you better posture

The way we sleep can say a lot about our posture, aches and pains.

But it turns out experts only recommend two sleeping positions for maintaining a healthy back and spine.

And it’s bad news for those who sleep on their stomachs.

James Leinhardt, the founder of the foam pillow and mattress brand Levitex, has spent more than a decade working with critically injured and chronically ill patients to improve their sleep and quality of life – and the CEO says just two sleep positions get his seal of approval.

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The first is the ‘soldier’, which is lying flat on your back.

‘If you’re lying on your back, your spine is immediately supported by the mattress, and you’ve got the most even distribution of body weight,’ James explains.

‘If you pop a pillow underneath your knees, you’ll find that you slightly tilt your pelvis and more of your back is now touching the bed. It’s better supported.’

The second recommended position is the ‘dreamer’ – a side position with a pillow between your knees and ankles.

‘Clinical evidence dictates that you put the least amount of tension through your spine in the sideline position,’ he says. 

‘You want your ears, your shoulders, your hips, your knees, [and] your ankles all stacked on top of each other. 

‘If you pop a pillow between your knees and ankles, then you’re gonna de-weight that top leg and keep it better supported.’

He also warns against stomach-sleeping, mainly because of the strain it puts on your neck and spine.

James says: ‘You’re rotating your neck, you’re twisting it, you’re putting your head up, [and] you’re fighting all the natural curves of your spine.

‘You’re compressing your vertebrae. You’re getting pins and needles, neck pain, [and] back pain — and you still do it every night. Why?’ 

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