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

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.