Sleeping Position and Kidney Stones

Consistently sleeping on the same side of your body makes you more prone to develop kidney stones, suggests a 2-year study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco.

Researchers studied 110 patients who suffered from kidney stones that were confined to one side of their body. Of this group, 93 patients consistently favored sleeping on one side. 75% of these patients had kidney stones on the same side. Dr. Marshall Stoller, a professor of urology at UCSF reported, “Sleeping in the same position each night appears to alter blood-flow to that kidney, impairing the organ’s ability to clear itself of stone-forming crystals and deposits.”

  • Change your sleeping pattern by changing your initial sleeping position.
  • If you habitually go to sleep on your right side, try falling asleep on your left.
  • When you wake up during the night, make a point to reposition your body.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Sleep on a supportive mattress and pillow.