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How do i find what's the best sleeping position for your back if you have pain?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Pain where ?: In general w the absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back is considered optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best position is sleeping on the side. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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pressure on joints & muscles. Sleeping in a fetal position is not optimal. Specific health issues – often respond best to specific sleep positions. For instance – side position may help if you have neck or back pain. Stomach or side position may help with snoring. Etc.
Apr 18, 2014

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How can I get to sleep with back pain?

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Address the back : Pain. See your physician if this is a chronic problem. Consider nsaid's or acupuncture for your back depending on what the cause of pain is determined to be. Use good sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of >.
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Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
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What should I do for back pain caused from sleeping?

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Last updated Apr 26, 2014

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