How Your Sleep Position Can Affect Your Back
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether your daily activities are causing your lower left back pain, or if your sleep position is contributing to it. If you wake up every morning with back pain, or even wake up during the middle of the night with it, chances are your sleep position has a lot to do with it. Experiencing pain while sleeping can negatively affect sleep quality, which in turn can impact your mood and functional ability throughout the day. While your sleeping position may not be the only reason for your lower left back pain, chances are it plays a big role in it. Here are some things to consider about your sleep position.
Stomach Sleeping Positions Can Hurt Your Back
Sleeping on your stomach isn’t the best position for your spine health. This position puts additional pressure on back muscles, as well as compromises the natural curve of the spine. The chances of you waking up in the middle of the night with some sort of discomfort in your back are much higher when you sleep on your stomach.
Not only does the stomach sleep position potentially cause lower left back pain, but it can also put some strain on your upper back and neck area. However, if you are most comfortable laying on your stomach and sleeping, then consider putting a pillow under your stomach and pelvis area to maintain the natural curve of the back and ease some pain.
Adjustments to Make To Your Sleep Position
Maintaining the natural curve of your back is the number one thing you want to do to have good spine health while sleeping. This could mean if you sleep on your back put a pillow under your knees or if you prefer sleeping on your side put a pillow between your knees. Most sleep positions can be worked with and adjusted slightly to relieve some pressure on the back and still ensure you are comfortable.
Comfort Takes Priority
Your ultimate goal every night should be to find the most comfortable position you can. Not being comfortable can lead to back pain, so it doesn’t make sense to alter your sleep position if it makes you uncomfortable. However, there’s no harm in trying different sleep positions, utilizing different pillows or even considering buying a new mattress. If you’ve done seemingly everything and still wake up with back pain, then it may be time to visit your comprehensive pain management facility for an evaluation.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the global leader when it comes to spine adaptive functional restoration. We believe the key to having great spine health is strengthening the back muscles in the most natural way possible. While it may seem like you’re facing an uphill battle with your back pain, contact us today for an evaluation and to see how we can help you get on the right track to living pain free.