We spend a third of our lives sleeping so it’s essential you’re doing it in a way that does not produce pain. We all sleep differently so it’s important to find the best support in your preferred position.
If your preferred sleeping position is on your back, make sure you’re not turning your head to one side when you’re sleeping. Doing this can cause neck pain in the morning. It can also be helpful to sleep with a pillow under your knees to support the lower back
If you’re a side sleeper, make sure your pillow is thick enough to support your head and neck and keep it aligned with the rest of your spine. Also try sleeping with a pillow between your legs to support your hips and lower back.
If possible, avoid sleeping in this position, it strains the lower back and forces one to turn their neck to one side which keeps the spine out of alignment. If you have to sleep on your stomach, try sleeping on a thin pillow and placing another thin pillow under the stomach. This will help keep the spine neutral.
For more in-depth information regarding sleeping positions and chronic pain, check out Best Mattress Reviews, an independent reviewer for many common mattress and pillow brands. They also have informative articles regarding sleep and pain.
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