Back Pain and Sleep - Finding Comfortable Sleeping Positions

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Back Pain and Comfortable Sleeping Positions

Supporting your back with pillows may help to avoid or minimize back pain due to sleep positions.
Pillow Up to Avoid Back Pain Due to Sleep Positions Using pillows to support areas of your back where spinal curves are located may help to avoid or minimize back pain while you sleep.

Sleeping without back pain or neck pain might only be a matter of finding the positions that support your spine. Experiment with pillows to find positions that are comfortable and do not cause back pain or neck pain.

Experiment with pillowing so that you can avoid straining your vertebral joints. This will help you to relax, so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.

Pillow support may be needed in the curves of your spine, such as your lower back and neck. While spinal curves are natural, they are areas that lack support when lying down. So check your curves and see if you can't help them by supporting them with pillows. Experimenting is the key.

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Back Pain and Sleep - Support Your Hip, Spine and Neck

By providing support to your back and neck during sleep, you may be able to avoid or minimize pain.
Sleeping Positions that Have Pillow Support May Help Your Back Pain By providing support to your back and neck during sleep, you may be able to avoid or minimize back pain. (c) Anne Asher 2007

Here the model is supporting her hip joint by putting a pillow between her knees. This raises her top leg and will allow the muscles around her hip joint to relax.

She has also placed a pillow support in the space between the bed and her waist. This will take strain off her low back.

She has positioned her head and neck comfortably on her pillow.

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Back Pain and Sleep - Take Strain Off Lower Back Area

Use a pillow under your knees to take strain off your low back. This may help you avoid back pain.
Use a pillow under your knees to take strain off your lower back. This may help you avoid back pain. (c) Anne Asher 2007

Using a pillow under the knees takes the strain off hips and the lower back area. With a pillow under the knees, the hips do not have to work very hard to support the weight of the legs. Also, the pelvic position is neutralized, which relaxes the lower back.

Without the pillowing between the knees, the hips can become strained and the low back arched beyond normal.

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Back Pain and Sleep - Pillows Under the Legs May Help You Avoid Back Pain

Pillows under the legs may help reduce or eliminate low back strain and subsequent back pain.
Pillows under the legs may help reduce or eliminate low back strain and subsequent back pain. (c) Anne Asher 2007

As in the previous picture, pillows under the legs can help take strain off the lower back. In this picture the model has provided pillow support all the way down to the ankles. This is a matter of comfort. Experiment to find out how much pillowing you need under your legs to take strain off your low back and reduce or eliminate back pain.

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