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Waking Up Stiff? Waking Up from Pain? Here Are the Best and Worst Positions for Sleeping!

3/3/2016
Is your aching back keeping you up at night? Try these expert tips on how to cozy up for a more restful (and less painful) night.

The Right Sleep Spot

Dr. Jumper says personal preference and comfort rule when it comes to selecting a mattress and pillow. Some people prefer the firmness of a harder mattress, while others are more comfortable on a soft mattress. He suggests spending a night in a hotel that offers options for guests to purchase pillows and mattresses so that you can try before you buy. Or, see if your mattress store lets you try out a bed overnight or even longer. “If that is not an option, perhaps sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag may mimic a firm surface, and sleeping on a couch may mimic a softer surface,” .

Some people may find it helpful to use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain or to sleep on just one pillow instead of a stack of several pillows.

If a few changes to your sleep position don’t help your back pain or sleep troubles, it may be time to get a medical opinion. If your pain worsens, Dr. Jumper recommends meeting with your chiropractor to check for any potentially serious problems.