How to Sleep with Sciatica: Causes, Sleep Positions, and Tips

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Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It starts at your spinal cord, runs through your hips and buttocks, and continues down the back of each of your legs.

Sciatica is an impingement of your sciatica nerve. It’s most commonlyTrusted Source caused by a herniated disc in your lower back. The hallmark symptom of sciatica is shooting pain along the nerve. Pain can vary from mild to excruciating and typically affects one side.

Getting a good night’s sleep with sciatica can be difficult. Lying in certain positions can put pressure on your irritated nerve and cause a flare-up of symptoms. However, some positions are less likely to cause pain.

Learn how to best sleep with sciatica…

Best positions for sleeping with sciatica

Sciatica and other sources of low back pain can have a devastating effect on your sleep quality. Studies have found up to 55 percent of people with chronic lower back pain deal with sleep disturbances.

Finding the best position to relieve sciatica may be a matter of trial and error. But as a general rule, it’s a good idea to stick to positions that maintain the natural alignment of your spine.

On your side

You may find that sleeping on your side helps reduce pain by taking pressure off your irritated nerve.

How to set up:

  1. Lie on your mattress with your injured side on top.
  2. If there’s a gap between your waist and mattress, you may want to put a small pillow here to reduce side bending…
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