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Back Safety: Getting Into and Out of Bed

Good posture protects your back when you sit, stand, and walk. It is also important while getting into and out of bed. Follow the steps below to get out of bed. Reverse them to get into bed.

Safety tip: Sit at the side of the bed for a few seconds before standing up. Then, after you stand up, wait a moment before walking to be sure you’re not dizzy.

1. Roll onto your side

  • Keep your knees together.

  • Tighten your stomach muscles to keep your back from arching.

  • Put your hands on the bed in front of you.

Woman pushing her upper body off the bed.
Raise your body.

2. Raise your body

  • Push your upper body off the bed as you swing your legs to the floor.

  • Keeping your back straight, move your whole body as one unit. Don’t bend or twist at the waist.

  • Let the weight of your legs help you move.

Woman leaning forward in bed and pushing herself up with hands braced on legs.
Stand up.

3. Stand up

  • Lean forward from your hip and roll onto the balls of your feet.

  • Tighten your stomach muscles to keep your back from arching.

  • Using your arm and leg muscles, push yourself to a standing position.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2018
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