Low back pain is very common and is often experienced while sleeping. Pain and discomfort while trying to sleep is very unpleasant and can make it very difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep and be ready for the day ahead. Pain in the low back while in bed is often due to the increased load on the low back.

Depending on what position you sleep in, you can use an extra pillow in bed to decrease this load. If you’re a back sleeper, place a pillow under your knees. This should raise the knees above the hips and create a slight bend in your back. If you like sleeping on your side, try placing the pillow between your knees. This stops your pelvis rolling forward and improves the position of your low back while you sleep. Finally, if you sleep on your stomach, a pillow underneath you – at about belly button level – will again reduce the load on your low back.