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Northfield, MN
A 41-year-old female asked:

Why does sleeping on my stomach cause my lower back to hurt?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics 22 years experience
Mattress and pillow: If you have soft mattress and/or a firm pillow, you introduce a 'hammock effect' into your lower back which can cause spasm. There is nothing wrong with sleeping on your stomach. I would recommend getting a new pillow first. You will notice that they come in soft, medium, and firm. They will also tell you what type of sleeper for which they are designed (side, back, or stomach sleeper).

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