How should I sleep after knee surgery ? Will sleeping on my back help?

Recommend length of supine sleep post-surgery: at least six weeks

After knee surgery, back sleeping is the most recommended posture.

This position allows the operated leg to be kept straight while asleep to maintain a proper blood flow at the surgery site.

Post-surgery, the blood flow increases at the damaged area to provide the oxygen and nutrients that stimulate recovery.

One of the side effects is swelling due to liquid retention.

The best way to improve circulation while reducing swelling is to keep the knee slightly elevated while resting or sleeping on your back.

We recommend sleeping with HARMONISE and ELEVATE following knee surgery, to facilitate the supine sleep posture without risking rolling on your side.

We also recommend adding ALIGN positioned under your operated knee and calf to maintain sufficient leg elevation without being bent.

See the table below for elements that we recommend:

Dr Sara Samari

Dr Sara Samari

Dr Sara Samari is a biomedical researcher and writer. Dr Samari’s main areas of expertise are biomedical science, musculoskeletal skeletal, microbiology and physiology.

Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for knee surgery

Element NameElement Function
HARMONISESuper-soft HARMONISE gives emotional and physical support - Harmonise enables supine sleep while offering the comforting impression of side sleep. It supports the head and gives lateral support to the neck.
ELEVATEELEVATE raises the head to a comfortable position - Elevate is a small pillow that works synergistically with Stabilise to elevate the head, enabling the patient to retain a certain sleep height.
ALIGNALIGN targets support under the knees - Inspired by Alexander's position of Constructive Rest, Align give the targeted support by uniquely increasing the comfort of sleeping in a new position by raising the legs and spine to an optimum level and angle. Like Stabilise, the central reverse zip can adjust filling and firmness

Would you like extra darkness while asleep?

Ask for REPOSE

Repose eye pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up