Sleep on Your Back for a Healthy Spine

There’s more than one way to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Try sleeping on your back to get a happy spine, reduce pain, and sleep better.


Illustration by Elaine Liu

Going to sleep isn’t just about flopping onto the bed any which way. Think about it — spending more than five hours a day in one position can do some serious ergonomic damage or reap some unexpected benefits. For those with back issues (or those looking to avoid them down the road), back sleeping is considered the best option. In this posture, the spine and neck are fully supported by the mattress and pillow. As a bonus, keeping the body straight and untwisted prevents muscle and joint strain.

Do it Today: Hit the hay in the supine position tonight to maximize mattress support and rest with the spine in a neutral, stress-free state.

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