Sciatica is pain, numbness, or tingling caused by irritation of the nerve roots leading to the sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve pain is most commonly caused by a bulging or ruptured disc pressing against the nerve roots. Other conditions that can cause sciatica include narrowing of the spinal canal, bony growths, or nerve root compression. Sometimes pregnancy and tumors can also cause sciatica. The shooting pain that results when the nerve roots are irritated can be mild or debilitating and interfere with a person's quality of life.
Changing Sleep Positions
If the spinal disc is out of alignment, people are likely to experience sciatic nerve pain. One way for people to remedy this condition is to be mindful of their sleeping position. The goal is to sleep in a position that allows the spine to be in alignment. Placing a knee pillow between the legs (so the legs are about hip-width apart) will help maintain the proper alignment of the spine when people sleep on their side.
The pillow will prevent the lower back from twisting and the knee from dropping towards the mattress, a posture that will likely irritate the sciatic nerve. When lying on the back, it is helpful to place a pillow underneath the knees so they are slightly bent towards the ceiling. People can also place a rolled towel beneath their lower back in addition to propping up their knees.