Back pain can be caused by a number of different things. However, sleeping incorrectly is a common reason why you may be experiencing back pain. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you likely are sleeping in a way that is hard on your spine and hips:

You wake up in pain. You shouldn’t wake up and feel soreness or aching. If you’re waking up in the morning with pain that slowly eases throughout the day, this is a good indicator that your sleeping position is not optimal for your spine and hips.

You wake up with headaches. This is definitely not a way to start your day off right. Waking up with a headache indicates that your neck is not being supported during sleep. Try using more of a firm pillow which will allow your neck to stay aligned with your spine as you sleep.

You wake up feeling tired, even though you got a full night’s rest. Waking up and going through the day feeling exhausted could be an indicator that the sleep position you’re sleeping in is not resulting in quality sleep.

If you wake up with pain, headaches, or feel exhausted consistently, it may be time to reevaluate your favorite sleeping position. The following are the best sleeping positions for your body, from best to worst:

  1. Sleeping flat on your back is considered the healthiest for your spine and hips. If you place a small pillow underneath your knees, this will allow for your spine to maintain its natural curve and add some support. This position evenly distributes your body weight and minimizes pressure points. This position also allows for an even alignment of your spine and hips.
  2. Sleeping on your side is a favorite of many, however, it can cause a misaligned spine. There’s a way around this to ensure that your favorite sleeping position is healthier for your spine and hips. When you sleep on your side, place a small pillow between your legs. This allows for your spine and hips to be more in line while sleeping. Make sure to alternate sides if you’re a side sleeper. 
  3. Sleeping on your stomach is widely acknowledged as the worst way to sleep for your spine and hips. This flattens the natural curve of the spine, which contributes to lower back pain. When you sleep on your stomach, your neck is also forced to one side throughout the night. This causes a strain on the neck.

If you’re still experiencing spine and hip pain after some lifestyle changes, it may be time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hicken. Dr. Hicken has a passion for orthopaedic surgery and helping others. His favorite part of his job is meeting and helping patients with their musculoskeletal problems. To schedule your appointment with him, give us a call at 435-787-2000.