We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s pretty important to develop good bedtime habits—starting with our sleeping position. The way your body is aligned while you’re sleeping can play an important role in helping you combat lower back pain and these three sleeping positions are widely considered to be the best.
You’re less likely to experience lower back pain if you’re sleeping on your side in a fetal position. This position is all about tucking your knees toward your chest and curling your torso toward your knees, allowing you to keep your back straight and reducing the bending of the spine.
The reclining sleeping position isn’t so easy to achieve because you might need an adjustable bed to create the right angle. Sleeping on your back is the closest it gets to this sleeping position without extra investment, and you can put a small pillow under your knees to create a straight curl with your lower back.
Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for your lower back, but there are ways to make it better. Placing a pillow under your lower abdomen is a good way to make this position more comfortable, and you should consider sleeping without a pillow under your head if you’re experiencing neck pain.