Best Sleeping Positions for Back Pain Relief

April 13, 2023

If you're one of the millions of people who suffer from back pain, you know that it can be difficult to find relief, especially when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. But did you know that the way you sleep can have a big impact on your back pain? In this article, we'll explore some of the best sleeping positions to help with back pain, so you can get the rest you need to feel your best.

  1. Sleeping on your back

One of the best sleeping positions for people with back pain is sleeping on your back. This position allows your spine to rest in a neutral position, which can help alleviate pressure and reduce pain. To make this position even more comfortable, place a small pillow under your knees to help support your lower back.

  1. Sleeping on your side

If you prefer to sleep on your side, you can still find relief from back pain. When sleeping on your side, it's important to keep your spine aligned. To do this, place a pillow between your knees to help support your hips and lower back. You may also want to place a small pillow under your waist to help keep your spine in a neutral position.

  1. Sleeping in a fetal position

For some people, sleeping in a fetal position can help alleviate back pain. To sleep in this position, simply curl up on your side with your knees pulled up towards your chest. This position can help relieve pressure on your spine and reduce pain. However, it's important to make sure you're not curling up too tightly, as this can cause additional pain.

  1. Sleeping on your stomach (worst sleeping position… especially for the neck)

While sleeping on your stomach may not be the best position for people with back pain, it can still be done with a few adjustments. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, try placing a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis to help support your lower back. You may also want to use a flatter pillow for your head to help keep your neck in a neutral position.Reminder… this is not a great position for the neck!

  1. Avoiding twisting or bending

No matter what position you sleep in, it's important to avoid twisting or bending your spine. This can put additional pressure on your back and exacerbate your pain. When getting in and out of bed, try to use your arms and legs to move your body rather than twisting or bending.

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Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back in 1993 thus he first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 25+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine,  science-based nutrition, and now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!

Dr. Michael Hummer is native to northern Indiana. He grew up very active and found great enjoyment playing football, rugby, and wrestling. Dr. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Ashland University where as a student-athlete he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he went on to become a personal trainer, and through his passion for both fitness and nutrition, he helped people to achieve their own goals and acquire greater health and wellness. At the same time, he also enjoyed working with and inspiring the local youth throughout his community through his dedication as a volunteer wrestling coach. Now Dr. Mike is excited to apply his education from Logan University and versatile skill set in aiding the community as they strive for greater health and happiness. Dr. Mike is also certified in Shockwave Therapy.. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mike at ProActive Health today!

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