The Healthiest Sleeping Positions

Sleeping the right way makes a difference

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Adjusting your sleep position can help prevent pain and other problems from keeping you up at night.

If you have back pain...sleep on your back. This position relieves aches from arthritis or spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal column). But if a herniated disk is the issue, snooze on your stomach. This pulls the disk away from the nerve.

If you snore or have sleep apnea...sleep on your side. This will prevent your tongue from obstructing your airway. To avoid rolling over, sew small pockets onto the front and back of your pj top and insert tennis balls.

If you have heartburn...sleep at a slight angle. To do this, put the legs at the head of your bed onto 2" blocks. Gravity will keep stomach acids from rising up into your esophagus (and causing reflux) while you snooze.

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