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What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Health

Hey, it’s Dr. Jake Berman!

How are you sleeping?

Good? Okay? Not sure?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, the culprit may be your sleeping position! The way you arrange your body in bed plays a major role in the quality—or lack thereof—of your sleep!

There are three main sleeping positions: back sleeping, side sleeping, and stomach sleeping.


If you’re a stomach sleeper, stop it right now! Stomach sleepers are extremely susceptible to neck pain, strained shoulder muscles, and even strokes! Break the habit starting tonight.


Side sleepers are at risk of neck, back, and knee pain, but there’s a way to sleep in this position safely. Find three thick pillows—you’ll need one for under your head, one to slide between your knees, and one to settle between your arms, as if you’re giving it a hug. These pillows serve to keep your body in alignment, taking stress off your neck, your shoulders, and your pelvis. Remember, the pillows should be thick—an old, compressed pillow won’t be useful here.


Back sleepers, a thinner pillow under your head is okay for you—BUT you should still use a thicker pillow under your thighs. Lying in this position will take a lot of stress off your lower back. Make sure the pillow stays under your thighs, NOT your knees.

By utilizing three pillows as a side sleeper and two pillows as a back sleeper, you are putting your body in a more neutral position which allows muscles to actually relax. When muscles relax, your brain can relax. When your brain relaxes, you get a much better night of sleep. Better sleep equals better productivity the next day.

Try this out and let me know if it helps at all. I love getting your responses!

That’s all for this time! Stay tuned for next week’s blog!

Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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