Make sleeping on your side more comfortable with this hack for achy side sleepers.
While many of my clients struggle to sleep due to “mind traffic“, some also aren’t sleeping well because they can’t get comfortable physically. This can be due to chronic pain, or less invasive (but nonetheless annoying) acute aches and pains.
If you’re a side-sleeper, for example, perhaps you’ve woken with a sore lower back.
This series provides tips to help you sleep more comfortably on your side.
Hack #2: reposition your hips to help your low back
I’m showing this with a yoga blanket, but you can use a towel or any similarly firm blanket.
Fold the blanket or towel into a long, flat skinny shape.
- Tip: If you’re using a yoga blanket, it’s the fold for kneeling, folded in half longways one more time.
Place the folded blanket between your shins. If possible, support both your knees at the top and your ankles at the bottom.
In truth, for me this blanket could be even a bit taller. See how my knees are lower than my hips?
Generally speaking, the closer your top knee is to being the same height as your top hip, the less pressure you’ll feel on your lower back. You might also decide to place something underneath the bottom shin to lift that a bit as well.
Try it and let me know what you think!
In the next post I’ll share how to remedy upper back pain when side sleeping.