dearJulius.com

The Only 2 Healthy Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain

Trying to sleep with lower back pain can make you dread going to bed. Here, experts explain how to sleep with lower back pain so you wake up feeling refreshed.

Experts say these are the best sleeping positions for easing your achy back.


By Mallory Creveling, Prevention

Sleep is supposed to be rejuvenating—so why do you wake up so stiff all the time? Simple: it’s because you’ve just spent eight hours in one position, says Andrew Gitkind, MD, medical director of the Montefiore Spine Center. That’s why it’s so important to sleep in a position that won’t aggravate any existing aches, especially if you struggle with lower back pain, says Jennifer L. Solomon, MD, board certified physiatrist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Surgery. (And if you haven’t already dealt with a sore back, there’s a good chance it’ll hit you at some point: 80% of adults will deal with back pain in their lifetimes, according to the National Institutes of Health.) 
[post_ads_2]
Here’s exactly how you should sleep—and how you shouldn’t—to wake up refreshed and back pain-free.

The best ways to sleep with lower back pain

Your main goal is to keep your spine in a neutral position, which includes your back in relation to your hips and pelvis, Dr. Gitkin says. You can achieve this either on your back or your side with a pillow to assist in keeping your spine straight. “The ideal positions are on your back with a pillow underneath your knees or on your side with a pillow in between your knees,” Dr. Solomon explains. You’ll also want to be sure to use a supportive pillow; here are our picks for the best pillows for back sleepers and the best pillows for side sleepers.



1

On your side with a pillow between your legs



2

On your back with a pillow under your knees

The worst sleep position for back pain

[post_ads]Stomach snoozers, listen up: The way you’re sleeping is absolutely terrible for your lower back. Resting your head to the side puts major stress on your cervical spine, or the area at the base of the neck, Dr. Gitkin says, and can mess with the alignment of the rest of your spine as well.

If you keep waking up on your belly, Dr. Solomon suggests taping tennis balls to your chest. Sounds weird, but it works. “It will be so uncomfortable, that you’ll be forced to flip over,” she explains. It should also help you get used to the new, back-protecting position.


Is it time to replace your mattress?

If you’re already sleeping with good posture and are still waking up with lower back pain, your bed may be to blame. A high-quality mattress should last around 10 years, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing yours after five if you’re not sleeping well. “Firmer mattresses tend to be better for chronic pain because they provide adequate support,” Michael Grandner, PhD, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, told Prevention in a previous interview. Sleeping on a bed for a week or two is the best way to know whether a mattress is right for you, so he recommends buying one with a generous return policy.


See more at: Prevention

COMMENTS



|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0


Made with in NYC
Name

Acne,1,Advice,42,AIDS,1,Alcohol,5,Allergy,5,Alternative Treatments,1,Animal Health,1,Asthma,3,Autism,1,Back Pain,27,Birth Control,1,Cancer,74,Children's Health,19,Clinical Practice,1,Coronavirus,8,Dandruff,1,Dental Health,26,Dentistry,1,Depression,23,Diabetes,25,Diet,132,Disease,114,Drink,26,Drugs,3,Ears,3,Exercises,49,Eye Health,29,Fat Loss,76,Featured,91,Features,162,Fitness,620,Fitness & Exercise,218,Flue,1,Food,79,Fruits,4,General,7,Get Healthy,68,Halloween,2,Headache,23,heal,1,Health,283,Health & Fitness,300,Health Care,531,Health Insurance,1,Healthcare Tech,6,Healthy,12,Healthy Eating,190,Healthy Habits,196,Healthy Living,143,Hearing,6,HIV/AIDS,4,Legs,1,Life,1,LifeStyle,3,Massage,5,Meditation,30,Men & Women,18,Men's Health,12,Mental Health,314,Multiple Sclerosis,1,Muscle Gain,2,Nutrition,461,Oral,4,Pain,23,Pregnancy,71,Psychology,1,Recipes,52,Safety,5,Self-care,15,Sex,7,Sexual Health,19,Shaving,1,Skin Care,34,Sleep,64,Smile,1,Snacks,1,Special,6,Special Feature,111,Stress Relief,35,Stroke,2,Teeth,5,Therapy,3,Tips,108,True Health,5,Vegetables,3,Weight Gain,23,Weight Loss,506,Wellness,81,Women's Health,172,Workouts,84,Yoga,61,
ltr
item
Health Magazine: The Only 2 Healthy Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain
The Only 2 Healthy Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain
Trying to sleep with lower back pain can make you dread going to bed. Here, experts explain how to sleep with lower back pain so you wake up feeling refreshed.
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ckBhdDmsxNw/W1JIpIGBibI/AAAAAAAAJAg/FqXy1rGkLUQ8NKJ55PecifYSjvXppyr2gCEwYBhgL/s1600/3.jpg
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ckBhdDmsxNw/W1JIpIGBibI/AAAAAAAAJAg/FqXy1rGkLUQ8NKJ55PecifYSjvXppyr2gCEwYBhgL/s72-c/3.jpg
Health Magazine
https://health.dearjulius.com/2018/07/the-only-2-healthy-sleeping-positions.html
https://health.dearjulius.com/
https://health.dearjulius.com/
https://health.dearjulius.com/2018/07/the-only-2-healthy-sleeping-positions.html
true
3134246339347060015
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content