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How To Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 14, 2022
How To Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach

How you sleep says a lot about your personality, it reveals why you suffer from certain pains and it is difficult to change. Sleeping on your stomach is less recommendable than sleeping on your back or side. And this is because sleeping on your stomach can literally be a pain in the neck. It can also affect the lower back, resulting in a bad back. At OneHowTo we explain some tips that can help you to try to change the habit of sleeping on your stomach and improve your health.

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Steps to follow:


First, we want to highlight the fact that sleeping on your stomach can lead to health problems and negative consequences:

  • Neck pain and spine problems because sleeping on our stomach means that we have to keep our neck turned to breathe, which changes the curve of our spine.
  • Lumbago, caused by the lower spine becoming more curved.
  • Tendinitis and ligament pain.

These are just some of the complications that can result from sleeping on your stomach, although there are many others. That is why it is necessary to change your sleeping position and avoid all of these problems.


The most important thing is that you are aware that you need to change your sleeping position so that when you go to bed, you lie on your back or side and try to sleep in that position. It is possible that because you are used to sleeping on your stomach, you unconsciously turn over into that position, but you should try to avoid it.


To change your habit of sleeping on your stomach, you can start trying to sleep on your side, hugging a pillow. That way, if you try to turn around, there will be something in your way to stop you. You can also put pillows on either side of your body, so you can't turn around.

How To Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach - Step 3

Maybe you should change your nightly routine to change sleeping position. That is to say, for example, instead of reading before bed, you may find it better to listen to relaxing music. You can also try sleeping on the other side of the bed or something else that is so different that it makes it harder for you to change your sleeping position.


Also, when you are going to bed, your bedroom environment should be conducive for sleep so that you can change your sleeping posture and stop sleeping on your stomach. Remember not to take stimulating drinks (coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.) before going to sleep and ensure that you go to bed 1 - 2 hours after you've had dinner. For more tips, see our article: what to eat for dinner to sleep well.

How To Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach - Step 5

The simple act of choosing a bed frame properly and a good mattress also will help you rest better and try to stop sleeping face down, although it may not be a foolproof solution and it may take you some time.

How To Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach - Step 6

Be very patient, because it is not something you can change overnight. You may find it useful to have a sleep infusion to feel more relaxed. It is better for you to stop sleeping on your stomach, so don't give up!

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • See your doctor or specialist.
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