Sleeping on my Stomach

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Sleeping on my Stomach

Postby nikban » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:21 pm

I read somewhere that sleeping on your stomach contributes to weak abdominal muscles....

Is this true?! I sure hope not, as I can only sleep on my stomach!

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Postby Boss Man » Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:55 pm


If you think about it, your Abs would get squashed a bit by the weight of your Back, which could theoretically hinder any Abdominal development, where this theory to be so.

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Postby quickness » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:10 pm

oh wow you can't be serious. I heard sleeping on the back helps the spine straighten increasing posture. but I have never heard of this. I hope this is wrong because I sleep on my side or my stomach all the titme

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Postby Boss Man » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:40 pm

On the side would be fine, as any compression on the Abs is alieviated, though sleeping on the Back could be more optimal.

If you have Back problems however, the Foetus position is recommended, as you can gently curl the Spine a bit, not lengthen it, which takes some possible compression off it, which can occur from it being fully lengthened, or from lying directly on it.

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Postby swanso5 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:05 am

sleeping on stomach putys your back into hyperextension which is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD...don't sleep this way too much if you can help it...

sleeping on back is good for some and bad for others...if you have excessive posteriour tilt where your arse sticks up behind you (check your undie line and if it tilts down from low back down to thighs than you have it) than it isn't good either so place a pillow under your knees

sleeping on the side is probably the best way to go where you have 1 knee raised up but place a pillow under this knee so your not twisting the spine for 8hrs at a time

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Postby fitnesssarah » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:08 pm

sleeping on your stomach is really bad for your back! I sleep on my tummy and in the morning I wake up and my lower baqck is outta whack!
Can't help it though!

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Postby SarahPT » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:12 pm

Yeah I always wind up sleeping on my stomach. Thoough sleeping on my back always gives me neck pain. Can't help it, sleeping on the tummy is so much more comfortable!

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Postby Boss Man » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:14 pm

I have tried once or twice on the Stomach, but it made no sense, as you can't like with your Face straight down, it hurts things like your Nose, so you bend your Neck one way or the other, so your head is sideways, which logically could slightly contort the upper Vertebrae, when the rest of your spine is pretty flat and elongated.

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Postby kcb » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:19 pm

How can you breathe when your on your stomach? It crushes my chest whenever I lay on my stomach and makes it incredibly difficult to breathe :shock:

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Postby Benjamin » Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:20 pm

Not just hurting things on your face bossman, occasionally if your at my ripe age other things too, I usually end up in the foetus position, tbh i have a six pack and i still ocasionally lie on my stomach, it cant make too much difference as long as you watch what you eat and do the correct excercies...honestly?

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Postby Boss Man » Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:39 pm

It's not too bad, but think of it like this. You don't lie on your Stomach, then squash your Nose and Face into the pillow, as that could restrict your breathing, so most people would tilt their Heads one way or the other.

This means if you have your Back straight like that, then tilt your Head, you end up potentially contorting one or more of the Vertebrae in the Neck and upper Back, which can't be good in the long term. At least not to my way of thinking anyway.

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Re: Sleeping on my Stomach

Postby DogNamedKat » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:07 pm

Ok the abs thing is wrong. I may not have super toned abs but they are rock hard and i only sleep on my stomach. The problem is when i sleep on my back my spine curves up and causes me to almost suffocate and if I sleep on my side I simply roll over onto my stomach. I can deal with pain in the morning but dying is something I cant deal with. As you can see I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. Any tips for those who say sleeping on your stomach is bad?

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