Post # 1
I have always found sleeping on my stomach to be the most comfortable. When I was little, my mother told me that it was bad for my back, and that I could probably get away with it because I was so young, but that I should stop.
I didn’t try to stop because it was so comfortable, and now, not surprisingly, that is the only position I can sleep in. I usually get into bed, lie on my side, and am comfortable for a while. Then I switch sides about 4 times (probably once every 15 minutes), give up, flip onto my stomach, and fall asleep pretty much right away.
Has anyone else had the same problem? What did you do about it?
Edit: I can occasionally fall asleep on my side or even my back, but only if I’m extremely tired.
Post # 3
I sleep on my back but just found out that having low back problems means I should never lay on my back without having my knees raised.
Post # 4
When I’m really tired I always try to fall asleep on my stomach, because it’s most comfortable to me, but almost always have to end up on my back before I’m actually able to fall asleep.
Post # 5
I sleep on my stomach a lot but I also sleep on my side. Sleeping on my back is the least comfortable for me
Post # 6
I have a really hard time falling asleep unless I am on my stomach. Once in awhile I can get away with sleeping on my sides. Up until I was in a car accident you would never ever catch me sleeping on my back or side. I fractured my pelvis in the accident so I was forced to sleep on my back for a few months. Now every once in awhile I have to sleep on my back if I’m having pain around my pelvis and lower back.
It’s nice to see so many other tummy sleepers. I thought back sleepers would have had a higher percentage.
Post # 7
I used to always sleep on my stomache but after getting really bad back pains and going to the osteopath, I discovered that it’s REALLY bad for your back and neck (its like spending the whole day with your head sharply turned to the side).
Now I’m trying to wean myself off of it, but its just so good!!
Post # 8
@banana_anna: lol you make it sound like an addiction. That’s kind of how I feel about it too though…
Post # 9
Have you tried sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees? I really think it helps some of the discomfort that can come with sleeping on your side. I’m also a pillow-gal, I have one under my head and one on my side to rest my face on/snuggle.
So, 3 pillows = comfortable side sleep 🙂
Post # 10
I sleep on my belly and have boat loads of pillows to keep flipping btwn to find the cool side 🙂
Post # 11
I can only fall asleep on my tummy too!
I’m terrified for when I get pregnant and thats no longer an option. I predict a lot of long, sleepless nights.
Post # 12
It totally is an addiction!
when i’m laying on my side and i can’t fall asleep I get a real craving to roll onto my tummy. I try to fight it but sometimes i’m too weak…..I need help 😛
Post # 13
Side. Sleeping on my stomach is uncomfortable.
Post # 14
Yup…I’m a stomach sleeper too. I honestly don’t think it really matters *that* much how you sleep, and if it really is a concern you can look into some of those fancy pillows or leg pillows or whatever that supposedly make your “sleep posture” better.
Post # 15
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@NDBee is right! Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees is the best option. I’m in chiropractic school and it’s surprising how many misalignments we see due to the way people sleep!
Stomach sleepers commonly have their top vertebra in their spine rotated and misaligned, which can eventually lead to pain, loss of motion, and permanent degenerative changes. I would definitely recommend getting checked by a chiropractor to make sure your spine is free of misalignments and try sleeping with knee pillows to relieve any pressure on your hips!
Hope things get better for you soon!
Post # 16
I sleep on my back and both sides. (hardly ever my stomach as I find it too uncomfortable)