Can Sleep Position Affect Back Pain?

By Brittany Laws

Do you wake up with searing back pain? It could be the mattress, it could be your pillow, it could just be age, or it could be the position and posture in which you sleep. Sleeping with the correct alignment of your back could reduce your back pain and help you sleep better. After all, waking up with back pain probably means you didn’t get a good night’s sleep anyways.

So the answer seems simply, just sleep with better posture and in a position that will decrease back pain. Easier said than done though, right? Well here some suggestions on how to help.

Sleep in a bed. This seems simply but many people sleep in chairs or on the couch. You mattress is the best place to get the most rest. Also if possible sleep on a firm mattress. A firm mattress provides better support for your back than a soft cushioned one.

Keep you head, neck, spine and hip as in line as possible. According to an article, 10 Ways to Ease Back Pain, on; it is beneficial to place a pillow between your knees to keep you hips aligned. Also try to sleep on your side without curving your back. If you sleep on your back you can place a pillow below your knees to keep them slightly bent and one at the base of you back, keeping you back at it’s natural curve. You should not sleep on you stomach. Sleeping on your stomach increases the likelihood of back pain due to the stress that is causes on the lower spine.

Another, perhaps more practical way to try and improve your posture while you sleep is a back brace.  Back braces can help keep your back aligned both while you are awake and asleep. Keeping the back brace on while you sleep inhibits unnatural positions of the spine. This may be uncomfortable at first, if you are accustomed to sleeping in odd positions, but it will get easier with practice. Once you get used to sleeping in the correct positions you may even decide you no longer need to sleep in the back brace.

Putting one or all of these into practice at bedtime can help alleviate back pain. If working to correct your sleep posture without the assistance of a back brace sounds difficult then please click on you Qualify through insurance form to see about getting a back brace, insurance may even cover it for you. If you want more information on a back brace or ways to help reduce your back pain give us call at 888-345-1780

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