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Health Tip: Keep Bedtime Back Pain at Bay

Lessen pain for better zzz's

(HealthDay News) -- Back pain is a common reason for poor sleep. So taking steps to alleviate or prevent pain can help you sleep better.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests:

  • If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help alleviate back pain.
  • If you're a stomach sleeper, place a pillow under your belly.
  • If you're a side sleeper, use a pillow between your knees.
  • Invest in a new mattress. Choose one that's firm or medium-firm for more support. Or plant a sheet of beneath your existing mattress.
  • Get out of bed slowly and gently. Instead of sitting straight up, roll onto your side, push up with your hands and swing your legs over the side.
  • Exercise regularly, making sure to perform strengthening exercises that focus on your back and core.

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