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    Sleeping With Back Pain

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    Sleeping can be hard when your back aches. You toss and turn, and it hurts.

    Try to sleep with your back in a neutral position-not arched a lot, but not flat either. This takes pressure off your spine. These two positions can help:

    • When sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees. Try to keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg. You also can put a small, rolled-up towel under your waist.
    • When sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees. You also can put a small, rolled-up towel under the curve of your back.

    Many people find that these positions work for them, but they may not work for you. Find the position that helps you the most.

    If you have a very soft mattress, you may be more comfortable if you sleep on the floor.

    To rise from bed:

    • Roll onto your side and bend both knees.
    • Drop your feet over the side of the bed as you push with both arms to sit up.
    • Scoot to the edge of the bed and position your feet under your buttocks.
    • Stand up, keeping your back in the neutral position.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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