chest as you sleep on your side. You may go a step further by separating your legs with a pillow between them.
This posture realigns your body, relieving pain in the lower back and also on the joints. A common question arises when I advise people to sleep on the side: should I sleep on my right side or left?
There is no definitive side here. It all depends on your body’s response. If sleeping on your left feels more relaxing, there you have your preferred side for sleeping. If it is right, so be it.
2. Sleep in a reclined back posture
Against popular advice, recliners can be great sleeping destinations to relieve back pain.
Sleeping on reclining or adjustable beds is especially helpful for people with isthmic spondylolisthesis. The latter is a unique condition where one vertebra protrudes over the lower adjoining vertebra.
Such reclining sleeping surfaces align your back, creating a favorable inclination between your trunk and thighs. This inclination goes a long way in alleviating the pressure typically loaded on your spine while you sleep.
3. A fetal pose could work too
Time to go back to your roots – precisely the “royal” pose you strutted in mom’s womb. Aside from easing lower back pain, a fetal sleeping pose can benefit people with a herniated disc.
Achieving this curled fetal sleeping posture is easy. When it is sleeping time, get on the bed, lying on your back. Now, smoothly roll over to your side.
Next is calmly curling your trunk towards your knees. Feel free to switch to the other side if you feel unbalanced in this pose on one side (say you are sleeping on your right or left).
This curl pose can create vital space between your vertebrae, alleviating herniation. This condition is commonly associated with