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    When it comes to sleep positions, snoozing on your stomach puts the most strain on your back. If you just can’t get ZZZs any other way, put a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen for support. Keep your neck in line with a flat pillow or none at all.

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    The mattress that’s best for you is the one that keeps your spine in line. If your hips are wider than your waist, a soft mattress will help cushion your curves so that you lie straight. If your hips and waist are about the same width, a firmer mattress may be the better choice.

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    How often should you replace your mattress?

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    Each mattress is different. But if you’re looking for a general guideline, you should size up your mattress at the 7-year mark. Is it showing signs of wear and tear? Are you waking up stiff and sore? Do you sleep better on other beds? If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s time to invest in a new sleep surface.

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    A little lift under your knees helps you keep the natural curve of your lower back. You can also try a small, flat pillow or rolled-up towel under the small of your back if there’s a gap between it and your mattress.

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    When you side sleep, a firm pillow between your legs keeps your top leg from pulling your spine out of line, which will stress your hips and back.

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    If you’re a side sleeper, you should pick a side and stick with it every night.

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    If you’re a side sleeper, you should pick a side and stick with it every night.

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    If you snooze on the same side every night, especially on a bad mattress, you could be keeping your back muscles out of balance. Switch it up every couple of sleeps so different muscles have a chance to support you while you snooze.

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    The point of a good pillow is to hold your head and neck comfortably so they’re in line with each other while you sleep. To keep up good support, replace them every year or so.

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    Try to avoid sudden, jerky movements or bending forward at your waist when you get up. Instead, roll your whole body at once onto your side. Then push up using your arms and swing your legs over the side of the mattress.

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Sources | Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on November 17, 2019 Medically Reviewed on November 17, 2019

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Sleeping Positions That Reduce Back Pain."

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?”

Better Sleep Council: “Replacing a Mattress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep.”

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