Best sleeping position for a sprained ankle
Dealing with a sprained ankle can make finding a comfortable sleeping position challenging.
Here's how to sleep with a sprained ankle on your side, front and back.
Sleeping on your back with ankle sprains
Sleeping on your back is the best position for a sprained ankle.
You can keep your ankle elevated easily without putting extra pressure on it.
Place a few pillows under your ankle to lift it above your heart, and go to sleep.
You can also create a protective barrier of pillows or use a body pillow like the Simba Cooling Body Pillow to stop you from rolling onto your injured side.
How to sleep on your side with a sprained ankle
Can you sleep on your side with a sprained ankle? Absolutely!
If you prefer sleeping on your side, choose the non-injured side.
Place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine aligned and hips straight.
Then, place a few pillows between your ankles to elevate your injured leg further and reduce the pressure on your sprained ankle.
Finding a comfortable position amongst all the pillows might take a few minutes!
Sleeping on your front with a sprained ankle
Sleeping on your front can be tricky with an injured ankle.
Before you get into bed, place a soft, flat pillow on the mattress where your ankles will be.
Climb into bed carefully and place your ankles on the pillow to elevate them above your heart.
You might find this position too uncomfortable once you're lying down.
In this case, try rolling over and sleeping on your back with the pillow in the same position. 💤
We recommend customisable pillows, like the Emma Original Pillow, so you can make it as thick or as thin as you'd like.
Sleeping with a sprained ankle is tricky
When it comes to how to sleep with a sprained ankle, remember that comfort and proper support for your sprained ankle are essential for a speedy recovery.
Try the RICE method in the first few days and get as much rest as you can.
If persistent pain or sleep difficulties persist, consult a healthcare professional for further medical advice to regain your full range of motion. 🏥
They might even refer you to a physical therapist to help you recover, especially if you have a severe injury.