Important Tip for Stomach Sleepers (STOP Neck & Back Pain) - Dr Mandell
Is Sleeping On Your Stomach Really That Bad For Your Back?
Lots of people prefer to sleep on their stomach, but this popular sleep position sometimes gets a bad rap.
The good news: Sleeping in what we call the prone position isn't usually a problem for healthy adults. However, it might trigger discomfort for people who already suffer from chronic lower-back pain.
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In some cases, sleeping on your stomach can cause the lumbar region of your spine, or your lower back, to forcefully extend beyond its normal limits. This can strain the ligaments in the back of your spine, which could lead to—or worsen—back pain.
If your back hurts when you try to sleep, there are some things you can do to ease the pain without having to overhaul your sleeping style.
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If you're a stomach sleeper, place a pillow beneath your belly. This will take strain off your back and prevent back pain from developing.
Sleep on your side? Draw your legs up toward your chest and place a pillow between your legs. This helps reduce strain, too.
If you sleep on your back, place a small pillow or rolled towel under your knees. This will help your lower back maintain its natural curve.
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If your back pain still keeps you up at night and interferes with your sleep quality or daytime function, talk to your doctor.
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