Back Care

How different sleeping positions can affect your back

Did you know that the positions you sleep in impact how well you’re rested, and how well your back is supported at night?

While sleeping on the right mattress is extremely important for comfort, postural alignment and whole body support, your sleep position plays a large part in the quality of your sleep and the health of your back. Our Essentials Edit continues the tradition of SleepMaker’s fantastic, ultra-comfortable mattresses. DreamFoam, an eco-friendly and supremely soft foam created in Australia, can help you sleep peacefully and deeply. Years of peaceful rest are yours to enjoy starting on the first night.

Most people are creatures of habit and changing your sleep position if you think it’s causing or aggravating your back pain isn’t always easily done. To help, we provide a few tips you can follow to get better back support, no-matter what your preferred sleeping position is.

To learn more about sleeping well and reducing your back pain download our guide Living with back pain? How to sleep better and get on with your life.

Sleeping On Your Stomach


When you sleep on your stomach your back flexes unnaturally and strains the ligaments around your spine, making it difficult to maintain a neutral sleeping position. If this is the only way you can sleep comfortably, try placing a pillow underneath your chest to help reduce the strain on your back.


Sleeping On Your Front

Many stomach sleepers experience some type of pain. Whether it is in the neck, back, or joints, this pain can affect how much sleep you get each night. If you suffer from pain during your sleep you are more likely to wake up during the night and feel less rested in the morning. Sleeping on your stomach causes your back to flex unnaturally and strains your spine and ligaments, which makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position when you are sleeping. If you cannot comfortably fall asleep in any other position, place a pillow underneath your chest to help reduce the strain on your back.

How to Sleep on Your Side


When sleeping on your side, your body may become twisted so that your legs can rest side-by-side on the mattress, instead of on top of each other. This strains your spine. Instead, lie on your side and put a slight bend in your knees, stacking your hips in a straight line. Place a firm pillow between your knees so your legs are propped about hip-width apart.

Sleeping with extra padding takes practice and it may feel unnatural at first – however your body will later thank you as the pain you experience in the night will drastically reduce.

How to Sleep on Your Back


This is the easiest sleeping position to ensure you keep your head, neck and back aligned in a neutral position throughout the night. Use a SleepMaker pillow that moulds to your neck and shoulders for extreme comfort and support.

Additionally to maintain a normal curve in your lower back, place a pillow underneath your knees. You can also try placing a small rolled towel or a pillow under the small of your back for additional support.

All Positions


Regardless of your preferred position, when you’re lying your bed your body should lie flat with continuous support and have full contact with the mattress surface. If there are gaps between your body and the surface of your mattress, you’re not getting the full support that you need.You can view our range of mattresses for back support here.


Want the Most Optimal Sleep?

The usual factors that keep you from obtaining a good night’s sleep are aching joints or severe back discomfort. The Performance Edit gives your body the assistance it needs where it needs it while also adding an extra layer of comfort and support to sustain you through the night. We create sleep so that you may rest better.

Learn more by reading about sleeping positions that help to ease back pain or explore our wide range of back care tips, tricks and recommendations. Get tips on:


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