Back pain impacts a huge percentage of the US population - up to 39% according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - with wide ranging effects on our quality of life. 

We can’t think about back pain without understanding the spine and all of its interconnected components.

The spine has four main sections starting from the top, including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, and sacrum and coccyx areas. And then within those areas we have the vertebrae which are the bones that stack together, the discs between the vertebrae, the spinal cord which is shielded by the vertebrae, and an intricate network ligaments, tendons, and muscles that wrap the entire back and hold everything together. 

The spine is one of the most critical parts of the human anatomy. It supports your entire body and helps you walk and move in every direction. 

With so many sections and moving parts, there's a lot that can go wrong, resulting in a wide variety of pain and discomfort.

How Does Back Pain Happen?

Acute injuries are a major source of back pain, and they can occur in countless way such as overexertion while exercising, from heavy lifting, awkward movements, job-related tasks, and more.

Receptive stress or strain from repeated motions or even poor posture can cause back pain, neck pain, numbness, weakness, and other symptoms.

Bulging or ruptured disks can result in tremendous back pain, caused when the padding between the vertebrae swells or shifts, pressing on the spinal cord nerve.

Osteoarthritis or a decline of the spine’s strength through wear and tear can lead to both inflammation and pain.

Spinal osteoporosis causes back when the vertebrae of the spin begin to weaken and start to collapse or become brittle and breaking.

Sleeping with Back Pain

For many of us, especially as you age, sleeping is already a challenge. With back pain, it can be downright impossible.

In addition to back pain caused from acute injuries, repetitive stress, osteoporosis, or arthritis, sometimes just our sleep positions can cause pain in the first place.


Best and Worst Sleep Positions for Back Pain

Sleeping on your stomach is noted by experts to be one of the worst positions for putting pressure on your spine.

Side sleeping positions with supporting pillows between your legs can be less impactful but are better than stomach sleeping.

Back sleeping is the regarded as the best position to avoid back pain. A pillow under the neck along with a wedge pillow under the legs allows for optimal spinal alignment and eases pressure for greater comfort.


What are the Best Pillows for Back Pain?

Since back sleeping is regarded as the optimal way to avoid back pain, a sleep system supporting back sleeping can make a huge difference in falling asleep comfortably and sleeping soundly throughout the night.

The Sleep Again Pillow System includes five pillows to support back sleeping for back pain and recovery from injuries or surgeries.


Our system includes:

Neck Pillow - A good neck pillow supports the cervical spine which can relieve neck pain and improve rest.

Body Pillows - Body pillows can help keep your spine in proper alignment. Two can be used on the sides of the body as support for back sleeping and surgery recovery. A single body pillow can also be used for side sleepers with the pillow positioned between the knees to take pressure of the spine when sleeping on the side.

Wedge Pillows - Wedge pillows positioned underneath the legs releases pressure points in the hips and back, providing ultimate pain relief while resting, recovering, and drifting into a blissful slumber.


Best Pillows for Back Sleeping

If you’re used to sleeping on your stomach or side, transitioning to sleeping on the back can be a challenge.

With five pillows in The Sleep Again Pillow System, our system adjusts to fit you and help you achieve optimal rest. Both wedges can be placed under the knees for increased leg elevation and back pain relief.

Our patented pillow system is designed to ease chronic and acute back pain by releasing pressure points in the hips and back, allowing you to feel comforted with no tossing and turning while you sleep.