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Is Sleeping On The Floor Actually Good For Your Back?

I’m pretty sure Drake spoke for the majority of people when he sang, “I only love my bed and my mom.” That’s because beds (and, yeah, moms) are freaking amazing—but it turns out some people are opting to do the whole sleeping thing, sans bed…on the floor.

Here’s the gist: Floor-sleeping enthusiasts claim that snoozing on a hard surface (i.e., your bedroom floor), is your best bet for optimal spine health, since research shows that’s the way our ancestors did it. (Think of it as paleo, but for sleeping.) But are those claims legit?

All right, is sleeping on the floor better for your back?

“Long term? No,” says Jennifer L. Solomon, M.D., a board-certified physiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

She adds, however, that in the short term, “sometimes people with acute pain find that different positions on a hard surface can ease some of their back pain.” This typically happens when people lie on the floor with their knees up, taking pressure off of their back, says Solomon.

This is also why some might say hard mattresses are best for back pain—but “everybody is different,” says Solomon. Yes, some people may benefit from a hard surface while others prefer something soft—but the only way you’ll really know which is best for you is to try it out yourself. It’s more about protecting your spine and spine alignment—something that means different things for everyone.

So how can I relieve my back pain…without sleeping on the floor?

Side and back sleepers can put a pillow behind or between their knees to achieve proper spinal alignment, Solomon says.

While you’re at it, nix the pile of pillows at bedtime—you only really need one or two–and make sure they’re not too fluffy and don’t prop your head up too much (that’s called forward flexion and can cause neck pain).

Something else to keep in mind: Pass on sleeping on your stomach—it puts more pressure on your spine, says Solomon, making it impossible for your spine to stay neutral.

But your sleeping position (and surface) aren’t the only things that impact your spine. According to Solomon, spine health is also determined by how much you exercise, how well you eat, and how you manage your stress. “There’s not one magic remedy,” Solomon says. “There are multiple factors that go into [spine health] and sleeping is just one aspect of it.”

The bottom line: Proper spine alignment is crucial to relieve back pain, but you may need to try different positions and sleeping surfaces to find out which one feels best for you.

SOURCE: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a23413783/sleeping-on-the-floor/


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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