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Q: I have heard that it's bad to sleep on your stomach if you have back problems. Is there a "best" way to sleep?

Sleeping on your stomach is not necessarily bad. In fact, there is no one best position, but here are a few things to consider. Sleep on a mattress that is firm, but not extremely hard. Sleeping on a sagging mattress can put the back in an unbalanced stressful position and lead to problems. Move around; avoid sleeping in just one position. Finally, when getting out of bed, roll to one side and sit up sideways, using your arms to help.

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