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Is sleeping on stomach bad for someone's sciatica?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Position of comfort

Lying on the back with pillows under the knees and/or lying on the side with a pillow between the knees are often the best positions when dealing with back pain or sciatica.
Unfortunately once you fall asleep you will have no control over how you are positioned.

In brief: Position of comfort

Lying on the back with pillows under the knees and/or lying on the side with a pillow between the knees are often the best positions when dealing with back pain or sciatica.
Unfortunately once you fall asleep you will have no control over how you are positioned.
Dr. William Newton
Dr. William Newton
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can Be Bad

Usually stomach sleeping is not helpful for sciatica pain.
Recommend sleeping on side with 1-2 pillows between legs or sleeping on back with legs raised up with 2-3 pillows under them.

In brief: Can Be Bad

Usually stomach sleeping is not helpful for sciatica pain.
Recommend sleeping on side with 1-2 pillows between legs or sleeping on back with legs raised up with 2-3 pillows under them.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Sleeping on stomach causes back extension which increases stress on facet joints and closes foramen this can put more pressure on nerve roots and increase back and leg pain.

In brief: Yes

Sleeping on stomach causes back extension which increases stress on facet joints and closes foramen this can put more pressure on nerve roots and increase back and leg pain.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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