How to Have a Restful Night Sleep Even With Lower Back Pain
When you’re dealing with persistent lower back pain, it can seem like a good night of sleep is impossible to have. This is especially true when your sleeping posture may be contributing to the pain you’re experiencing throughout the night. Focusing on your spine health when you’re sleeping can help alleviate some of the pain and put you on the right path for getting restful sleep. There are many other pain management techniques you can incorporate throughout the day to relieve your pain, but here are some tips to help you get through the night easier.
Incorporate Proper Knee Support
We often don’t think about our knee placement when we sleep, but any pain management physician will tell you it’s important to be conscious of. If you sleep on your side most often, place a pillow between your knees. This opens up the distance between the knees and puts the spine into proper alignment. For the best spine health, your sleeping position should include your neck being straight and your spine aligned.
Knee support is important if you sleep on your back as well. This is arguably the best sleeping position for your long-term spine health as it minimizes the stress put on the spine, and the neck and head are aligned naturally. Putting a pillow under your knees can help align the spine even more.
Use A Pillow To Support Sleeping on The Stomach
Sleeping on the stomach is a common position, but it’s also one of the worst positions for your spine health. Placing a thin pillow under your hips when sleeping in this position can make a big difference. Just be sure to adjust the thickness of the pillow based on the thickness of the pillow you use for your head. The goal is to create spine alignment when laying on your stomach. Otherwise, you could be making your lower back pain even worse.
Try The Fetal Position
Depending on the type and severity of your lower back pain, the fetal position could be worth trying as a sleeping position. When your knees are pulled in close to your body, the spine doesn’t have to bend as much and the pressure on the joints are released as a result. It’s easy to achieve the natural S-curve in the spine in the fetal position and could provide instant pain relief when you’re sleeping.
DBC Active Spine Care® focuses on helping people live a pain-free life. Lower back pain can play a major role in the quality of sleep people get, which can impact their long-term health. Our program focuses on strengthening the supporting muscles around the spine to provide natural pain relief and prevent future pain from occurring. If you’re struggling with getting quality sleep due to any type of back pain, contact us today to see how our program can help.