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How do I prevent myself from sleeping in fetal position?

For the past 2 years I've suffered upper back and neck pain, i've been to a physio, osteo, and for redmedial massage. The neck pain is really bad at the moment. I sleep on my side and I always wake up during the night and in the morning with my head pointed down causing neck strain - the fetal position.  I now think that my tendancy to sleep in this position maybe causing the proplem.

I''ve tried various pillows over the past few years and am iin the process of getting a made to measure pillow but I not think this isn't the main cause.

I guess I need advice on how to keep my neck in a healthy position throughout the night and avoid the fetal position. Is this possible? Is there a technique or cetain type of pillow that can help?

I've read lots online about this being a bad position to lie in but nothing to advise on how to prevent doing it so any help would be appreciated.

Thank you


  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 668
    I've always slept on my side till. I broke my neck 3 years ago. Now   I sleep on my back.
    Not to make light of your problem but. I wish. I could on my side,   I've tried and it isn't as easy.
    welcome to spine health. There are allot of people on here, someone should be able to help you.
           God.  Bless
  • I think sleeping in this position is causing the constant pain i've had for the past 2 years, I have found this very debilitating and I can only imagine not even having much of a choice but to sleep on your back.  I wish you the best Mike :)
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,241
    hello jandal !
    you may want to use search, upper right on page, for comments, articles or videos re your concerns.

    please click on link for helpful information!
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