How should I sleep with sciatica?

A common complaint of sciatica is that the pain can get worse in certain positions such as when lying down to go to sleep.

The best way to sleep with sciatica is directly on one’s back with a pillow under your knees. This keeps the natural curve of the spine and prevents inflammation and pain. We also recommend putting pillows underneath the neck, low back, and knees for additional support of the spine.

The worst way to sleep with sciatica is on one’s stomach. Sleeping on one’s stomach puts the spine at a downward angle, and puts undue pressure on the spine.