I think it is very useful to be able to fall asleep on your back in certain cases when you need your sleep the most:
- when you try to sleep in a recliner or chair, like traveling on a bus or a plane.
- when you are lying on a hard surface and want to avoid uncomfortable pain in the hips, like when you go camping or need to sleep on the floor.
- when you want to relax the spine because of pain or injury.
- when you buried in a coffin, because you are doing a buried alive challenge.
- when your loved one is lying in your arms in bed and you don't want to pull your arm from underneath and wake them up.
- when you are sleeping in a hammock.
I like to lie on my back because it is very relaxing but for some reason I cannot fall asleep in this position. When I rotate on my side, I immediately fall asleep. So, it feels each time like I'm trying it first on my back and then I'm giving in and I rotate to the side.
It seems that there is some psychological or mental process going on while lying on my back or it starts when rotating to the side. I don't understand how it works and would like to have some advice on this. Even when I succeeded to fall asleep on my back, I nodded of, woke up some time later and rotated on my side. I didn't feel like a deep sleep.
Another thing that I discovered is that I feel tension in my lower back when lying on my back, while lying on my side this tension is released. I don't know how to relax that area.
There is a question on life hacks about sleeping on the back, but there the focus is more on staying on the back, while I would like to know what makes it easier to fall asleep.
So the question is: how can I improve my chances of falling asleep on my back and going into deep sleep?
I won't accept drugs or diet as an answer.