Muscle pain is never pleasant whether it’s from bad sleeping positions, exercise, cramp etc as it reduces our comfort, mood and overall quality of life. Self-Massage between visits to a spa or therapy room is a very effective treatment for pain as it brings oxygen to the muscles, improves circulation tones muscles and reduces stress and anxiety, which alleviates muscle cramps and pain. By relaxing the body allowing you to feel better and hopefully relaxed enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Pregnancy & Sleeping Positions
During pregnancy lying on your back or stomach are not ideal positions to sleep in especially in the second and third trimesters. Why? Well, sleeping on your front in the first trimester will result in the natural curve in your spine to reduce resulting lower back pain and pains in your neck and the rest of your back also your growing baby bump will make it very uncomfortable and impossible for you so you’ll have to switch positions, sleeping on your back will result in your entire weight on the growing uterus and baby on your back, intestines and your vena cava the main vein that brings blood back to the heart from the lower body.
The pressure can aggravate backaches, hemorrhoids, making digestion less efficient; interfere with your circulation, which could cause hypertension making you feel dizzy. Less blood circulation will also affect the foetus, giving your baby less oxygen and nutrients. If you wake up and find that you’ve rolled over on to your back during the night, don’t worry, just avoid sleeping in that position for long periods of time during your pregnancy.
During the second and third trimester sleeping on the left is ideal for baby and Mum-to-be as it allows maximum blood flow to the placenta and less pressure on the Vena Cava. It also enhances the kidney function which means better elimination of waste and less swelling in the feet, ankles and hands. This is why I always ask my pregnant clients to turn on their left side before I start the massage.
For extra comfort at night, place an extra pillow between your legs, one under your stomach and one behind your back.