We spend a lot of time in bed and it is important that this is comfortable and supportive. Rest is also important for recovery from injury, so a good night’s sleep is vital.
Does your bed support you? The answer is probably no if it is over 8 years old. An alternative would be putting the mattress on the floor.
It is important to keep the natural curve of your spine well supported when sleeping. To achieve this try:
- Rolling a small towel into your pillowcase to support your neck
- Use a small towel or small pillow under your waist, if your spine becomes a “c” when you lie on your side
If you sleep on your side, use a pillow between your knees to take rotational strain off your back and hips.
If you sleep on your back, use a pillow under your knees to relieve the pressure on your lower back.
Avoid sleeping on your stomach – this has been proven to cause neck problems.