Along with a career and a steady paycheck, working at a desk job can come with some unwanted side effects. Although it's widely known that spending the majority of the day in a seated position can cause everything from a strained neck to a bad back, it doesn't seem like the traditional desk job is going anywhere. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to cope with the mental and physical stress caused by this unavoidable part of life. You can practice feel-good yoga poses after hours, deck out your desk with office-friendly exercise equipment, or stretch right at your desk. Along with these daytime strategies, you can also hack your sleep to alleviate lower back pain.
According to Medical News Today, there are specific sleep positions you can use to ease even the worst lower back pain, no prescription necessary. William Morrison, MD, confirms that the single best sleep position for lower back pain is a supported position lying flat on your back. This ensures that your weight is distributed throughout the full length of your body, which minimizes pressure points, and aligns your head, neck, and spine. Here's how to do it:
1. Lie flat on your back with a pillow supporting your head and neck.
2. Slide a small pillow under your knees for extra support and to maintain the natural curve of your spine.
3. Place a pillow beneath your lower back or any other part of your body that feels like it could use more support.
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