Back pain while sleeping

by Barry

Best sleeping Position

Best sleeping Position

I get back stiffness when I wake up, is there any position when sleeping, that will help to prevent back stiffness in the morning? Do you have any advice about the best mattress?


Hi Barry

The answer really depends on a couple of different things. Firstly, what the problem is with your back, and secondly what type of mattress you have.

Back stiffness and pain in the morning is really common, if the stiffness lasts quite a while ie more than half an hour and takes a long time to be eased by movement it would be worth talking to your GP about getting a blood test to rule out an inflammatory cause of the problem.

If however, you have the more common stiffness on rising that disappears soon after you are up and about then its more to do with your posture.

If you have the type of back pain that is worse with standing and walking you may find sleeping on your back uncomfortable. If you dislike sitting you may find curled up on your side a problem and lying on your back is better.

But the bottom line is its very difficult to stay in one position for too long when any of us are asleep anyway.

Instead I would look at your mattress. The best mattress for back pain keeps your spine in a neutral position, see diagram above and see this best mattress for back pain page
which has lots of helpful tips to help you get your sleeping posture right.

The other very important consideration is not what is happening at night but what is happening in the day.

This is a long answer to a short question. But the bottom line is that there is no single answer for everyone, you need a solution tailored to your particular needs. If you can visit a physiotherapist they should be able to give you more specific advice.

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