Twisting Legs In Sleep May Hurt Your Spine

written by / April 9, 2022
Twisting Legs In Sleep May Hurt Your Spine

Health experts warn against the harmful effects of a popular sleeping position—sleeping with your legs twisted. 

Though sleeping on the side is one of the best sleeping positions, especially for those suffering from sleep apnea, multiple experts warned that side sleeping may interfere with your health. Namely, such a sleeping arrangement could be the root cause of spine-related pain. 

So, if you’re suffering from neck, shoulder, hip, upper, or lower back pain, twisting your legs at night might be the culprit. 

But why is this a cause of such concern?

According to health professionals and chiropractors, leg twisting can cause a misalignment of the spines’ lower end, which can have a ripple effect affecting all spine-related regions. 

Back pain is the number one cause of disability around the globe, affecting everyday activities and decreasing the quality of life. So, it’s important to maintain our spines healthy for as long as possible. 

And, it’s not just the spine alignment that is threatened by this leg position. According to Steve Hruby, a doctor of chiropractic, twisting your legs may also lead to impaired blood flow and tingling, swelling, and numbness in your legs as a result. 

But this doesn’t mean you have to abandon this sleeping position altogether. To avoid twisting your legs, you could strategically arrange pillows around you before falling asleep and losing control of your limbs. 

For example, you could use a pillow to support your knees when sleeping on your side. Alternatively, you could place your trusty neck-pain-preventing pillow under your head and another under your knees.

Marija Kovachevska is a content writer at, Biochemist and Activist. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology she changed her microscope for content research tools and continued researching in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Communication. Her insatiable curiosity flare drove her to become a “content scientist writer” as she likes to say. Reality fascinates her and facts and statistics are a must-have feature in her articles. Fluent in English and French, she is a volunteer and communication associate for several non-profit organizations. French culture and handcrafting are her passion, but in her free time, she indulges in long walks and traveling, or as she likes to say “experiencing the inexperienced.”