Lower back pain can be a real nightmare. It makes sitting, standing, bending, crouching, and laying all become uncomfortable positions. Fortunately, our bodies are able to heal themselves of pain over time and we are able to support them in various ways, such as yoga, medicine, and stretching.
In this article, you’ll discover that there are 3 sleeping positions that can support your mission to say goodbye to lower back pain!
Position one - On your left with a pillow between your knees
You may have read in other Time2Sleep articles that the left side is healthier than the right side because of our organs and circulation, so that’s the first aspect, but why put a pillow between your legs?
A traditional pillow (non-memory foam) lifts the right leg and creates a healthy alignment of the hips, pelvis, and spine, taking away pressure on the lower back and allowing you to lay comfortably.
Position two - The left-side foetal position
Lower back problems are commonly caused by issues with the discs in the back. They could be herniated (slipped), or you could be suffering from degenerative disc disease. Discs are small soft cushions in your spine and sometimes they can push out of their normal space, causing you pain and a feeling of fragility. If this is the case, this position could be helpful to you.
Lay on your side and tuck your knees into your chest, then gently curl your upper body forward, closer to your knees. This position opens the space between the vertebrae and can allow your discs you fix themselves.
Position three - On your front with a pillow under your stomach
Sleeping on your stomach isn’t typically advised because of the stress it causes to your neck, but with this slight variation, it can become a useful position for those who want to get rid of lower back pain.
Place a pillow under your pelvis. Lifting the lower back will create supportive spaces between the discs in your lower back, allowing your sleeping position to support your recovery. This position will only work for a select few, but it’s worth a try.
Have our tips helped you sleep? We’d love your feedback.