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How do you sleep? What's the most comfortable position for you?

I'm really curious as to what's a comfortable position to sleep in with a c6 pinched nerve? I've asked the ortho, the chiropractor, and still haven't received a decent answer. After telling them it's painful to sleep on my back since my neck is extremely sensitive to any sort of touch/pressure they both suggested lying down on my back. When I'm talking I feel like no one is listening very well. They just keep recommending things for me to buy. I feel as if it's a fairly simple question.

Does it hurt if you sleep on your back and have you found a good sleeping position where you don't wake up with pain/less pain? Does that position help you sleep better and help you to feel refreshed? I sleep on my left side elevated with a number of pillows, but it isn't the most comfortable position. 


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510


    That seems like a simple question, but it is not.  As you probably already know, but aren't ready to accept, the answer is there is no good way to sleep.  I say that from experience, I am not passing judgment.

    For me, the best way was to keep moving.  I could get comfortable, but only for short bursts, then move, roll, turn... 


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • hey

    everybody is different and find different positions work. For me I use a memory foam pillow, it was 30 quid which is a lot for a pillow but works on my neck ache so I can sleep with support, and the a free thing I do is I roll a towel up and put it on the bed at waist level so when I sleep my body does not dip which can cause tilting of the spine, it then keeps the spine straighter and a lot I put a pillow in between my legs when I sleep on my side. You just have to try things and see what works for you really

    all the best
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,298
    Sleeping with spinal and joint problems can be a challenge.
    Take a look at Spine-Healths medical articles regarding these.  Sleep

    There, articles about mattresses, pillows and much more are presented.

    Personally, I have tried so many different mattresses, pillows, etc.  Finally after 25+ years, I found something that really has helped with sleep.  We purchased an adjustable bed.   That gives me the capability to raise my head, my feet, or both together.  Additionally, a massage unit was included which also gives added help.  

    We purchased a medium priced mattress to go on top.  For pillows, I have so many, the cervical type, round, flat, soft, hard.  Seems I just vary from month to month on which one I am going to use.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • hello,

    i actually find i get no neck pain lying flat on my back (which is lucky as my old  thoracic problem only lets me sleep that way!)  - but it really depends on the type of pillow. a really thin pillow is best for me - and i dont always have my entire head on it (so actually i guess my neck doesn't really have any support at all... - so that could help if your neck is sensitive to touch/pressure as i think i end up with a gap between my neck and the bed...) . i find that any type of elevation or sustained turning of my neck while lying down results in radiculopathy.

    goos luck - hopefully you will find a wat to sleep that is more comfortable
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