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Sleeping Positions That Protect Your Back

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Sleeping on your back

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Sleeping on your side

General guidelines for sleeping:

  • Sleep so that your back is in a neutral position. The neutral position keeps the back in its natural three front-to-back curves that give the spine an "S" shape.
  • Use a rolled towel to support your lower back or place a pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back.
  • Place a pillow between your knees when sleeping on your side.

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.
  • Slide 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
Last RevisedMarch 12, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2012
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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