These Sleep Positions Can Give You Body Aches

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Do you ever wonder why you experience body aches after waking up in the morning?

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Perhaps many would assume that they woke up at the wrong side of the bed, but your sleep position might be the culprit to the physical pain you are feeling. According to Dr. Steven Park, author of Sleep, Interrupted, improper sleep posture can cause surprising symptoms such as sleep apnea, fatigue, headaches, back pain, and heartburn.

While certain sleeping positions can cause you pain, there are sleeping positions that can actually relieve the soreness. Imagine how much relief you could experience just by making simple changes in your sleeping position.

So before hitting the sack, take note of the sleeping positions that can either make or break your day.

Sleeping Positions that Cause Pain

Sleeping on your stomach causes neck and back pain. 

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Sleeping on a starfish position can lead to  shoulder pain.

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Sleeping on your left side with arms extended can leave you with soreness in the shoulders and arms as well as back pain. 

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Sleeping on your right side with arms extended brings the same soreness as on the left side as well as heartburn.

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Sleeping in a fetal position can cause back and neck pain.

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Sleeping Positions that Can Relieve Pain

Reduce back and neck pain by sleeping on your left side with your arms at your sides.

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Help eliminate back and neck pain by sleeping on your back with your arms at your sides.

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To further reduce back pain, sleep on your back with a small pillow under your knees.

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Decrease back pain by sleeping on your left side and putting a pillow between your knees.

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Say goodbye to lower back pain by sleeping on your stomach and putting a small pillow under your hips. 

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