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Mattress & sleeping posture for Ankylosing spondylitis

What is the best type of mattress for ankylosing spondylitis & how should one sleep?
1) Firm mattress. It should neither be too hard, nor should it sag. If it is too soft, an abnormal spinal curvature may develop in the long run.

2) A Water bed is not advisable as it does not provide sufficient support for the back.

3) Before you buy a new mattress, try lying on it for 20 minutes to ensure that you are comfortable.

4) Use a thin pillow. Avoid a thick pillow & avoid pillows all the time as they may encourage abnormal cervical spine posture in the long run. A pillow causes over-extension of the neck and spine. A small folded towel can take the place of a pillow.

5) Try not to keep any pillow under your feet.

6) Avoid the sideways curled up position.

7) Sleeping on the abdomen (prone) or on the back is better than sleeping sideways. This helps prevent spinal & hip deformity in the long run.

8) Do not wear any splint, brace or corset when you go to sleep.

9) A few simple stretching exercises before going to bed will help.

To rise form bed--

1) Turn to one side and bend both knees.

2) Drop your feet over the side of the bed.

3) Move to the edge of the bed and put your feet dangling over the edge.

4) Stand up, keeping your back straight.

5) A handle on the adjoining wall should help you get back easily.


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Last updated on: Feb 2015
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