I insist that my clients STOP sleeping on their stomach!

Let me talk you through why this is so important.  Can you imagine walking through life with your head turned to one side. It’s only a matter of time until you begin to feel pain, soreness, dizziness, lack of energy or neck/shoulder tension. Your body doesn’t like this while standing up and I promise you that it doesn’t like it when you’re lying face down with your head on a pillow either.

Having your head and neck in a sideways position even just for a few minutes while sleeping blocks the life force that flows through your body and is in charge of HEALING.  This sets up a block in the energy flow of your system and keeps you disconnected.  Your 3 centers are not communicating so healing does not take place.

On an anatomical level, this also can significantly strain the muscles and ligaments of the spine. Repeatedly doing this every night for years slowly adds pressure to the joints and nerves, contributing to spinal degeneration and allowing for the development of a variety of health problems.

Here are 4 ways to stop sleeping on your stomach:

Use a contoured pillow

This is the one of the easiest ways. It’s uniquely designed to help you maintain back/side sleeping. The contoured shape makes stomach-sleeping nearly impossible. There’s no question that it will wake you up if your body moves into the wrong position during the night.

Using a ball

Some of my clients really struggle with getting off their stomachs, so then we need to find some other methods to try. You could try attaching a ball to the front of your pajamas with Velcro. The idea here is to make lying flat on your stomach unpleasant. It may seem silly, but if you cannot get off your stomach, then you must try and find a solution.

Partner help

If you share your bed with someone who is a light sleeper, you can ask them to nudge or poke you if they notice that you’ve unconsciously shifted onto your stomach during the night.

Full body pillow

This type of pillow can help stomach sleeper’s transition to side-sleeping.

If you have other suggestions, I would love to hear them so that I can share them with my clients. Stomach sleeping is very common, but it is a nightmare for your healing and your general health. Please try whatever method you can to get off of your tummy and start sleeping on your side or your back. This might mean you have restless sleep for a week or two while you transition, but then you will have a life full of greater energy, connection and health!

Try this for yourself, when lying in bed, ask yourself

Am I balanced?

Can my energy flow from the top to the bottom of my body?

Are there any blockages in my body?

Are my three main centres, heart, brain and body connected?

Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.  This is so important on your journey to HEALNG your body naturally.  Support your body and let it heal with ease.

Yours in health, healing and correcting old habits

Dr. Carli

Carli Axford

Author Carli Axford

I’m a Healer, Chiropractor, Retreat Facilitator, Meditation Instructor as well as the Founder and Trainer of the Spinal Flow Certification Program.

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  • Jeanette Larcombe says:

    Hi Carli , I have severe osteoarthritis of the cervical spine which affects my neck and is causing nerve pain . I’m under an Osteopath for this . I’m just wondering how you can help me . I also experience shortness of breath which has been checked with CT scan . I do have some anxiety because of the osteoarthritis.

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