Certain sleep positions can help relieve back pain while others may exacerbate it, as reported by Everyday Health.

“Typically, sleeping on your stomach can flatten the natural curve of your spine, putting some additional strain on your back muscles,” Thomas says. Plus, stomach sleeping means that your neck is rotated, which can actually result in back pain between your shoulders, says Paul Grous, MSPT, a physical therapist and spine specialist with Good Sheppard Penn Partners in greater Philadelphia.