As a chiropractor, I get a lot of questions about avoiding back pain while sleeping.
Most people aren’t surprised to learn that their sleeping habits may be playing a role.
If you’re used to waking up after a night of sleep with pain, keep reading because I’m going to share 2-ways to avoid pain while sleeping.
Many are unaware of what they can do during the night to keep the pain at bay.
Truthfully, there are some very simple fixes to help your body be more comfortable throughout the night.
And when you wake up in the morning, the discomfort will be much better.
Along with the type of mattress you use, the best thing to be aware of is the position you sleep in at night. The most common options are on your back, stomach, or side.
Ultimately, sleeping on your stomach should be avoided at all costs. It puts unnecessary torque on the cervical spine, and also applies too much pressure to the low-back.
Side-sleeping and laying on your back are the 2-most beneficial sleeping positions for humans. However, there are a few nuances you should be aware of before getting into these positions.
The first is a pillow near your knees, in either position.
When laying on your side, it’s important to have a pillow in between your knees. This keeps your hips and legs parallel to each other.
If you’re laying on your back, it’s important to have a pillow under your knees in order to keep pressure off the discs in the low-back.
By making this small adjustment to your sleep, you will help your body avoid sleeping under stress for 7-9 hours each night. It also will give you a higher probability of waking up without pain in the morning.
If you’re tired of dealing with back pain while sleeping, with the two steps we outlined in this post.
And if you still get pain after performing, it may be a good time to visit a healthcare professional.