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Po­si­tion 3: Sprawled With One Leg Up Sleep­ing like you’re try­ing to hug your bed—with one leg bent so the knee sticks out and the shin crosses over the other (straight) leg—isn’t ben­e­fit­ting you much in the way of health­ful sleep. This is mainly at­trib­uted to a dis­place­ment of pres­sure, which may cause back prob­lems in the fu­ture. How­ever, putting both legs up while sleep­ing would pull pres­sure off of the pelvis—which could al­le­vi­ate some of that low-back pain. For now, your best bet is to put a pil­low be­tween your legs to stop your one leg from creep­ing up to­ward your chest, as well as to take weight off the pelvis.

Po­si­tion 4: Stom­ach While this isn’t the best po­si­tion for rest­ful sleep, there’s still hope for all you stom­ach sleep­ers. Try switch­ing to a thin­ner, firmer pil­low so you avoid prop­ping your neck up too high; you can also place a thick pil­low un­der your pelvis to de­crease the arch of the lower back. Th­ese strate­gies will help nat­u­rally align your spine. If you find that you still wake with pain, though, you may want to con­sider swap­ping your stom­ach-sleep­ing habits for a side or back po­si­tion. Hav­ing trou­ble fall­ing asleep? “Do not spend too much time awake in bed. If you are not sleep­ing, get out of bed and do some­thing else for a while,” says Doni Wil­son, ND. Try less-stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties (such as med­i­tat­ing or read­ing a book) un­til you feel sleepy, and avoid us­ing elec­tronic de­vices that might prompt you to stay awake.

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