What is #Arthritis?
Arthritis means joint inflammation: (Itis means inflammation).
The word Arthritis comes from the Greek term disease of the joints.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis!
Can Sleeping This Way Make Arthritis Pain Worse?
Sleeping on Your Stomach or using too many pillows under your neck when on your back can increase joint pain. Why?
Sleeping on your stomach makes you twist your neck to the side which places stress on the nerves.
Stomach sleeping compresses your spine, putting increased pressure on your spine and can cause more pain.
What About Sleeping on Your Side?
What Not to Do if You Have Arthritis
When lying on your side, it's best to make sure your spine is adequately aligned. As you can see in this photo, the woman is not using any pillows for support which can cause strain on your joints.
Using Pillows for Arthritis Pain Relief
The best way to sleep on your side for pain relief is to keep your neck in proper alignment, as too many pillows under your neck push your neck forward and that can cause pain and poor posture. A pillow under your knees, as shown here, takes the pressure off your spine. A pillow under your arm helps align your spine and ease joint pain in your shoulder.
If you prefer sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees as this takes the pressure off your spine. One pillow under your head is best. If you wake up with pain in your neck, sleeping with too many pillows could be the cause. Select a pillow for under your neck that offers good support, not too hard and not too soft. Support your elbow with a pillow to allow.
What Kind of Doctor Should a Person with Arthritis See?