Striking the Right Sleep Pose
According to the Mayo Clinic, most people sleep on their side, with their legs and hips aligned and flexed. But this position doesn’t support the upper leg, so the top knee and thigh tend to slide forward and rest on the mattress. That rotates a person’s lower spine and can contribute to back or hip pain.
Perfect your side-sleep posture by placing a pillow between your knees and thighs, which keeps the spine in alignment.
If you sleep on your back, tuck a pillow or a small, rolled towel under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back and ease or prevent lower back pain.
If sleeping on your stomach suits you, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. Use a pillow under your head only if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back, Loos said. If it does cause strain, try sleeping without a pillow.