Sleep Positions to Avoid Back Pain

Playing Drs. Rx: Avoid Back Pain While You Sleep

ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork shares that 31 million Americans experience lower-back pain. How you sleep can be a big part of the problem.

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Dr. Travis says the best position to reduce and maybe even avoid lower-back pain all together is to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. If you are a side sleeper, similarly a pillow between your legs can help.

You want to make sure you have a supportive pillow for your head. The goal is to keep your spine in a neutral position in relation to your hips and pelvis. Sleeping this way allows for truly restorative sleep.

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