Sleeping wrong could do your spine major damage (along with these 10 other surpsising things that cause back pain). The trick to reducing back pain (without even needing these 7 home remedies for back pain) is keeping your spine in its natural curve. Your best bets are lying on your back or side with a pillow strategically placed to take stress off your lower back, says Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, chief of spine service education at NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Often people are more comfortable on their back if there’s a pillow behind their knees, or between the knees if they’re on their side,” he says. Here are 10 steps to take if your back hurts in the morning.
Sleeping on the side with your pain-free shoulder could help, but you’ll run the risk of flipping over during the night and putting more pressure on the one that hurts, says Charles Bae, MD, sleep specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic. “Some mattresses give a bit so there’s less pressure on the joints of your shoulders or hips, but if it’s firm or stiff, it’s like laying on the floor and experiencing discomfort, causing you to shift positions,” he says. (Don’t miss these other 23 things pain doctors won’t tell you.) Start on your back or stomach instead to lessen your chance of ending in an uncomfortable spot. Find out the one time you should never ignore shoulder pain.