In Virginia Pelley’s article regarding sleeping comfortably while in pain, she speaks about waking up in pain due to not moving at night which causes aching due to lack of blood flow to the different parts of the body. She then lists several ways people sleep such as sleeping on your stomach and how to prevent aching such as using a pillow which can compress your joints alleviating some of the pain.
- One-third of people in the US suffer from some form of back pain. That number is expected to greatly increase over the next few years, thanks to a combination of the desk-bound life and our generally inactive society.
- Sleeping on your stomach is generally regarded as the worst sleep position if you suffer from back and neck pain.
- To increase your chances of a good night’s sleep no matter what sleep position you prefer, warm baths or “sleepy” tea before bed might help.
“Due to the variety of back issues, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for how to sleep better if you suffer from back pain.”