How Sleep Can Affect Your Back
People suffering from back pain already know how it affects their sleep. Not getting a good night’s sleep can alter your mood and your ability to function properly and can seem impossible with the pain you feel when lying down. What a lot of people don’t realize is lower back pain can actually be caused by sleeping in awkward positions. Sleep positions can actually add pressure to your spine, neck, lower back and other areas, causing poor sleeping patterns. What can you do about it? Read on to find out.
Relieving Back Pain While Sleeping
No matter if you like to sleep on your back, stomach or side, just a slight alteration to your position could drastically improve your sleep and spine health. When you sleep on your back, simply put a pillow on the bed just under your knees. This will allow the spine to keep its curve without putting a lot of strain on it.
For stomach sleepers, a small pillow between your stomach and pelvis will help prevent exacerbating any current back pain you may have. When sleeping on your side, putting a pillow between your knees will keep your body aligned and ensure you aren’t straining any area of your body.
Finding the Perfect Sleeping Position
Of course, just because you are reducing your lower back pain by changing sleeping positions doesn’t mean you will be instantly comfortable. Chances are you have developed a certain sleeping position over the years to fit the mattress or sheets you use. With a new sleeping position, it’s possible you need to change the firmness of your mattress or make other changes.
It’s always going to be difficult to change sleeping positions, but your spinal health depends on it. The only way to determine if you need a firmer or a softer mattress is to try them out. Sleep on the carpet one night to mimic a firm mattress, and sleep on the couch another night to get a feel for a softer mattress. You may even notice your sleeping position naturally changes to conform to the firmness.
If you’ve tried everything and the back pain just won’t go away, it might be time to seek out assistance from an active spine care professional. Contact us for helpful tips and tricks to improve your lower back pain while sleeping. We can also help restore function to your spine by using frequent treatments to help you sleep better.