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Sleeping on your side
The most common sleeping position is on your side,
with your legs and hips aligned and flexed. Because
this position leaves your upper leg unsupported, the
top knee and thigh tend to slide forward and rest on
the mattress, rotating the lower spine. This slight ro-
tation may contribute to back or hip pain. To prevent
that problem, place a pillow between your knees and
Sleeping on your back
If you sleep on your back, place some pillow under
your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your
lower back. You might try a small, rolled towel under
the small of your back for additional support. Support
your neck with a pillow.
This position may be helpful if you have low back pain.
Sleeping on your front
Sleeping on your front can be hard on your back. If you
can’t sleep any other way, reduce the strain on your
back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower
abdomen. Use a pillow under your head if it doesn’t
place too much strain on your back. If it does cause
strain, try sleeping without a pillow under your head.
We all have our own
preferences when it
comes to our cho-
sen sleeping posi-
tion. This position
of course will often
change as we move
around in bed dur-
ing sleep. Whatever
posture we choose it
is important to main-
tain the spine’s natu-
ral alignment. If we
do not, extra strain
can be placed on the
spine often causing
pain in the neck or
low back. If you have
suffered an injury to
these body areas,
poor sleeping pos-
ture can provoke the
Here are some guid-
ance notes on good
sleeping posture :