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    Should i sleep on my stomach?

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    Mark Barrett

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    Mark graduated from Sydney University in 1993 and is one of Physiologic’s practice partners. Since completing his studies, Mark has furthered his skills through extra … View Profile

    I think if you are comfortable sleeping on your stomach and that is natural for you, absolutely. Unless you are having any particular problems with sleeping at night, that might make you feel like you need to change your position, then I would say sleep on your stomach if that is the way you are most comfortable.

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    Generally, no. Sleeping on your stomach is not the best thing to do. The reason for this is that when you are sleeping on your stomach, your neck is twisted to one side for a long period which is not good for the neck and distorts the alignment of the spine. Also, while you are on your stomach, there is not really any support for your low back and this can cause unnecessary pressure on your nerves and possibly lead to pins and needles.

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    Kerry Read

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    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All … View Profile

    Of all the sleep positions, lying on your tummy is the most likely to be associated with headaches, neck and jaw pain. Obviously you need to be comfortable to be able to get to sleep but there are ways of simulating prone sleeping, like using a body pillow along the front of your body. It's a good habit to break!

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