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What�s the best sleep position if you have neck pain?

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The best positions if you have neck pain (or just want to avoid it) are sleeping on your back or on your side. If you sleep on your stomach, you may have neck pain because your neck is turned to the side and your back is arched. It may be worth trying other positions if neck pain is an issue.

From: The Best Pillows for Neck Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Gallup: “One in Four Adults Sought Care for Neck/Back Pain Last Year,” August 2016.

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

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

PeerJ: “Effect of pillow height on the biomechanics of the head-neck complex: investigation of the cranio-cervical pressure and cervical spine alignment."

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Gallup: “One in Four Adults Sought Care for Neck/Back Pain Last Year,” August 2016.

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

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

PeerJ: “Effect of pillow height on the biomechanics of the head-neck complex: investigation of the cranio-cervical pressure and cervical spine alignment."

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

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