Can you train yourself to sleep on your back?

slinky1slinky1 BannedBanned Users Posts: 1,612
I'd like to be able to sleep on my back for allergy and other reasons, and I just can't do it. I don't know why.

I've got a firm mattress, but it just seems like I am always straining when trying to sleep on my back. I just CAN'T fall asleep that way, and it is very frustrating. Is there anything that I can do to make it easier?

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  • A12curlyqA12curlyq Registered Users Posts: 149
    I recently got one of those memory foam pillows. It really helps me to stay in one position instead of tossing and turning. I'm even able to fall asleep on my back which is also difficult for me.

    I was getting tension headaches VERY frequently, but the pillow helped A LOT with those.

    It's also nice with going to bed with wet hair because then you're not rolling around all over the place frizzing it out.

    I wouldn't say it's the *most* comfortable thing ever, but it's working for me.
  • hobbshobbs Registered Users Posts: 327
    I think so. Due to back problems, I had to train myself to not sleep on my stomach, which I used to always do. I still do sometimes, but most of the time I'm on my side, and sometimes even on my back. I don't think you can ever be 100% successful, but probably you can sleep in a specific position most of the time.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I learned to sleep on my back after a hamstring injury -- it was the least painful position. However, I don't recommend that!
  • Myradella3Myradella3 Registered Users Posts: 2,481
    I had to learn to do so after back problems kept me from sleeping on my stomach. I still prefer stomach but my body doesn't. I fell asleep a few days ago on my stomach and my upper back hurt for a long time after I woke up.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Registered Users Posts: 5,656
    Get pregnant. Since I'm not supposed to sleep on my back, it seems to be the only way my body wants to sleep - even though I was never a back-sleeper before.
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  • SweetPicklesSweetPickles Registered Users Posts: 850
    Yep, you can train yourself. I had to after I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel. I actually can't sleep any other way anymore!
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  • Ab-starAb-star Registered Users Posts: 1,128
    PixieCurl wrote:
    Get pregnant. Since I'm not supposed to sleep on my back, it seems to be the only way my body wants to sleep - even though I was never a back-sleeper before.

    I did the same thing with my pregnancies. I'd fall asleep on my side but always wake up on my back.
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  • Resume WriterResume Writer Registered Users Posts: 645
    I know several people who have trained themselves; however, I have tried repeatedly and still wake up on my stomach! If you figure it out, please let me know.
  • MephistoMephisto Registered Users Posts: 555
    There are available this "thingies" that can slip over your arms & shoulders that will prevent you from turning to either side while you're sleeping. Or, just take some ropes and make something yourself that you can tie to the headboard.

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  • internetchickinternetchick Registered Users Posts: 6,191
    I did. It took about 2 weeks, but it worked. I had to make myself turn on my back every time I noticed I was side lying.
  • BiancaBianca Registered Users Posts: 2,492 Curl Connoisseur
    I've never been able to.

    Everytime I start to fall asleep on my back, I startle and wake up like I heard a gunshot or something. It's very frustrating.
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  • Tzu LoveTzu Love Registered Users Posts: 145
    Yes, I've done it. The key is to put 2-3 pillows under your knees when you're on your back. It's much more comfortable that way. I also bought tempurpedic pillows and mattress. (the mattress is actually the Sealy TrueForm)
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    No, I never could train myself. I HATE sleeping on my back, but after my c-sec surgeris, I couldn't sleep on my side or belly because it was too painful, so I had to sleep on my back. I was miserable ever minute of it and slept badly until I healed enough to roll over onto my belly.
  • MarMar Registered Users Posts: 3,004 Curl Neophyte
    PixieCurl wrote:
    Get pregnant. Since I'm not supposed to sleep on my back, it seems to be the only way my body wants to sleep - even though I was never a back-sleeper before.

    That's exactly what I was going to suggest ;)
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Registered Users Posts: 7,578 Curl Neophyte
    heather locklear said her mother told her sleeping on your back helps you not get as many wrinkles...don't know if it's true. when i'm in bed alone i can sleep on my back...when i'm having a slumber party i'm on my side.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    heather locklear said her mother told her sleeping on your back helps you not get as many wrinkles...don't know if it's true. when i'm in bed alone i can sleep on my back...when i'm having a slumber party i'm on my side.


    Sleeping on a satin silk pillowcase does the same thing...reduces wrinkles. It's also good for curly hair. :D
  • slinky1slinky1 Banned Banned Users Posts: 1,612
    heather locklear said her mother told her sleeping on your back helps you not get as many wrinkles...don't know if it's true. when i'm in bed alone i can sleep on my back...when i'm having a slumber party i'm on my side.


    Sleeping on a satin silk pillowcase does the same thing...reduces wrinkles. It's also good for curly hair. :D

    I don't know about that. I've got chubbyish cheeks, and I see that the way I position my head on the pillow has scrunched up the skin near my eyes. I dig right down into the pillow. THAT'S where the wrinkles come in. I need to stop doing that.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    I don't know about that. I've got chubbyish cheeks, and I see that the way I position my head on the pillow has scrunched up the skin near my eyes. I dig right down into the pillow. THAT'S where the wrinkles come in. I need to stop doing that.


    Are you sleeping on silk satin? I've noticed a significant reduction in scrunch marks on my face in the mornings since I bought some silk satin pillowcases.
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Registered Users Posts: 10,573 Curl Connoisseur
    Due to back problems, I have had to learn to either sleep on my back, or on my side properly (without being twisted half on my stomach). I can now comfortably sleep on either side, or my back. But before, the only comfortable position was the half-twist belly-side! :oops: It takes time, but you can learn.
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