Do you deal with lower back pain, neck pain, hip pain or knee pain that disturbs your sleep?
Well, you’re not alone…
This is a direct quote from the Lancet — “Low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide”. And those of us who don’t have low back pain often have neck, hip or knee pain.
Most of our low back and joint pains aren’t related to a serious illness or tragic accident but rather are a result of incorrect posture, stress and harmful lifestyle choices.
The good news — There is one sleeping position that will address all these challenges and allow you to get a good night’s rest.
Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees
Lie on your side with a pillow between your knees.
- Allow your right or left shoulder to make contact with the bed, along with the rest of that side of your body
- Place a pillow between your knees
- Hug another pillow to your chest for neck and shoulders issues
- Resist the urge to always sleep on the same side
How does this position help?
For low back pain the knees into your chest creates length in your low back to help with herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, arthritis, sciatica and bulging disks. The pillow between your knees keeps your hips level to help with sacral, SI joint challenges and sciatica.
Sleeping on your side alone won’t make you feel better. In fact, side sleeping alone will often make your low back pain worse. It’s using the pillow between your knees that works magic. The pillow will keep your hips, pelvis, and spine in better alignment.
For hip pain, the pillow between your knees helps keep your hips level and in alignment.
Side sleeping with the pillow hugged to your chest is the key to releasing neck and shoulder pain because it takes your arms out in front of your body and supports the top arm and shoulder so the weight of that arm isn’t supported by the neck and bottom shoulder.
The pillow between your knees as you lie on your side helps with knee pain because it provides a cushion between your bony knees.
As an extra bonus — side sleeping helps with sleep apnea and snoring!
Try this week’s Ageless Chillax and Sleep Well Movement Practice to deeply relax to get a good night’s sleep.
Do you have sleep issues? Let me know in the comment section below and click this link if you’d like a FREE 15-minute Sleep Assessment Call with Michelle.
Teresa Remillard says
I have had insomnia for many years. I have tried many different medications and other methods to quiet my mind but am still having a hard time with it.
Michelle Andrie says
Try this practice and let me know how it works for you!