Not many of us may think about how our sleeping position affects our health or how it can help to reduce symptoms of common health issues. It would be a good idea to start becoming aware of the position you sleep in and how it can not only effect spinal health and body alignment but how it can also help to relieve some symptoms of health problems like acid reflux, low back pain and neck pain. First I will start by mentioning sleeping on your stomach is the only position I would not recommend as your sleeping position. When you sleep on your stomach your neck is usually twisted to one side more than the other and over time can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder tension.
If you do suffer from back pain the best way to sleep is on your back with a small pillow or towel placed under the small of your back. If sleeping on your back is awkward for you and you have trouble sleeping this way you can also sleep on your side, just make sure your body is in proper alignment and to reduce rolling over on to your stomach place a pillow in between your legs. Placing a pillow between your legs will also help to keep your spine in proper alignment. If you are dealing with acid reflux sleeping on your back with your head slightly raised. When you are not elevated your throat and stomach are at the same level and it makes it easy for stomach acids to flow up your esophagus.
If you suffer from neck pain I would suggest making trip to your local San Diego Chiropractor office and getting a specialty pillow. Many San Deigo Chiropractors have pillows that help to support the neck when you are laying on your back or side. Investing in a good pillow that supports your neck will help to keep neck pain and tension at a low. Many chiropractors will guide you through a pillow consultation having you bring in your current pillow and showing you the difference in neck support.