Back pain can be unbearable to deal with at any given time. It is even more difficult to cope with when you are trying to sleep. For many people, sleeping in general can be a challenge and they need to seek methods to aid them in getting a good night’s rest. How you sleep directly affects how you will feel when you wake up in the morning so it is important to make sure we are doing all that we can to get the best sleep in order to wake up refreshed and productive. Here are some tips on sleeping with back pain.
Sleeping Positions for Back Pain
Certain sleeping positions can put extra pressure on your neck, shoulders, hips, lower back, and knees which can all cause you pain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a set position for all types of people that will be the answer for sleeping with back pain. But it is a fact that in order to fall asleep, you have to be comfortable. Here are some suggestions on modifying your current sleeping positions to ensure you are relieving your back.
• If you sleep on your side: Draw your legs up a little bit towards your chest and place a pillow between your knees.
• If you sleep on your back: Place a pillow under your knees to allow your spine to support its natural curve as you sleep.
• If you sleep on your stomach: Place a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis in order to ease any strains on the back.
You don’t have to keep your body in the same position throughout the night because it is completely normal to move around while you are asleep. Movement can also help to ease pressure on the back.
Choosing the Right Mattress and Pillows
It is suggested that you replace your mattress about every 7 years. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to the comfort of their mattress and pillows. There are firm mattresses, soft mattresses and variations in between. It is a good idea to do your research before purchasing a new bed. You can visit mattress stores and talk with an associate to find out which mattress can support your back the best. It is highly recommended that you test out mattresses before making your decision. Lay on each mattress for about 15 minutes to test out the support and comfort. It is best to lay down in your most frequent sleeping position as if you are going to sleep.
If a mattress is too firm, it can push on pressure points and change the alignment of your body. If a mattress is too soft, those pressure points will not be supported which can also cause problems.
Sleeping on quality pillows is just as important as sleeping on the right mattress because head and neck support is essential for overall back health. Some people find that sleeping on a contoured pillow or just one instead of several can also help to relieve pain.
The Bottom Line
Sleeping is a time to rest after a long day which might have been spent in a great deal of pain. Poor sleeping patterns can leave you exhausted and in more pain the next day. Some types of back pain can be worsened when lying down or when sleeping. It is best to evaluate your sleeping positions and try different ones that are more supportive of your back. Be sure you are sleeping on the right mattress and pillow in order to ease back pain.
About Soloway Chiropractic
At Soloway Chiropractic, our licensed professionals are trained to diagnose and appropriately care for or refer patients for the care they require. We provide our clients with the ultimate healthcare experience with results-driven, evidence-based treatment that highlights restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural hands-on care. Our main focus is to optimize our client’s health with a non-invasive approach in addition to providing the finest chiropractic treatment that skillfully blends high-level chiropractic care with excellence in service. If you are suffering from back pain or having problems sleeping with back pain, contact us today for a consultation.