What is the best sleeping position for pain relief?


We all know the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Evidence has shown that having our sleep interrupted, even when not in pain, can make people more sensitive to pain (Smith et al 2007).


We often get asked here in Milltown Physiotherapy what is the best sleeping position for my neck, shoulder, lower back or hip pain. Well the Cleveland Clinic have come up with a nice handy graphic that helps illustrate the best and worst sleeping positions for your pain.

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Smith MT, Edwards RR, McCann UD, Haythornthwaite JA. The effects of sleep deprivation on pain inhibition and spontaneous pain in women. Sleep. 2007;30(4):494–505. PubMed #17520794.