Dr. Brandon Buttry
I can imagine that there is a lot of pain while trying to sleep with a herniated disc in the neck. There is no simple position for a herniated disc because it depends on how the disc has herniated out. The easy rule of
thumb for this is to try first on your back with a supportive pillow. Sometimes it helps to sleep in an inclined position which can alleviate the disc pressure more than laying flat. If back sleep doesn't help, lay to the
side away from the pain if there is one. Most people have pain to the left or right or down their arms with disc issues. Sleep away from that side and use a supportive pillow again. A supportive pillow means one that keeps your head and neck aligned and not too low or pushed too high. If that position doesn't work, lay to the side of the pain and see how that works. This would indicate that the disc is herniating more down the middle of the spine and not to any one side. I would have to see an MRI or a report to give you a more accurate idea but try those recommendations. I really feel that an inclined sleep position is going to do the best job.
Yours in health,
I hope I have offered you some insight to getting sleep with a herniated cervical disc.
Dr. Jonathan Donath, DC, MS
Skylar Bakko, DC QNCP PAK BFM
2. Second, you should try to bring your knees toward your chest and gently curl your torso toward them.
3. Next, it is important to remember to alternate sides from time to time to prevent any unwanted imbalances.
4. Finally, it is important to consult your chiropractor for the best sleep practices as each situation may be unique to the severity of the herniation.