Symptom FAQs

Q. I can't get comfortable in bed. Do I need a special mattress or pillow?

A. Choosing a supportive mattress and pillow may help you get a better night's sleep. A soft mattress or un-baffled water bed might not give you the support you need for your spine. You can try these tips to give your spine some extra support while in bed.

Low Back Support — when lying on your side, slide a small pillow or rolled towel just above your waist, and put a pillow between your knees. When lying on your back, you can try putting a small pillow under your knees.

Neck Support — neck rolls, cushions, and pillows can be used to give your neck extra support while you rest. One option is to roll a mid-sized bath towel and slide it length-wise between your pillow and pillowcase. The roll can help support your neck as you lie on your back or on your side. If you lie on your stomach, arrange your pillow to keep your neck from turning all the way to one direction. Avoid foam pillows because the foam pushes against the pressure of your head and keeps your neck muscles from getting a good rest. Choose a feather or synthetic material for added comfort.



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