Can Sleep Position Affect Back Pain?

Do you wake up with terrible back pain? It could be the mattress, your pillow, your age, or it could be your sleeping position. Correcting the alignment of your back while you sleep could reduce your back pain and help you get better rest. After all, waking up with back pain probably means you didn’t get a good night’s sleep.

Adjusting Sleep Position

The answer seems simple, just sleep with better posture and in a position that will decrease back pain. This is often easier said than done, though.

Here some suggestions about how you can reduce back pain while you sleep:

  • Sleep in a bed. This seems simple, but many people sleep in chairs or on the couch. Your mattress is the best place to get the most rest. If possible, sleep on a firm mattress. A firm mattress provides better support for your back than a soft, cushioned one.
  • Keep your head, neck, spine and hips as in line. It might help to place a pillow between your knees to keep your hips aligned. Also, try to sleep on your side without curving your back. If you sleep on your back, place one pillow underneath your knees to keep them slightly bent and another pillow at the base of you back, maintaining the natural curve of your spine.
  • Rotate your mattress. Your mattress gets uneven, which is why it is best to periodically rotate it to ensure proper balance and distribution. Sleeping on an uneven mattress may cause pain because it can create pressure points which can be troublesome.
  • Invest in a contoured pillow. Finding pillows that match the contours of your spine and neck can help you not only sleep better, but also help to reduce back pain as well.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach increases the likelihood of back pain due to the stress that it causes on the lower spine.

Use a Back Brace to Maintain Posture

Another practical way to improve your posture while you sleep is to use 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 become more comfortable with time. Once you get used to sleeping in the correct position, you may even decide you no longer need to sleep with the back brace.

Putting one or all of these into practice at bedtime can help alleviate back pain. Fill out this form to see if you Qualify Through Insurance for a free back brace. If you want more information on a back brace or ways to help reduce your back pain give us a call at 888-627-2159.

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