Best Sleeping Positions for Back Pain
Back pain is a huge nuisance. But, when it impacts our sleep?? Oh man, that just makes it so much worse! Oftentimes, we use sleep as a way to feel better. A good night's sleep can make you feel so good! So when we can't even get a solid few hours of deep sleep because we're in pain, well, it's just setting you up for a bad next day!
So if you're experiencing back pain, there are some sleeping positions that are better for you than others. It's hard to change the way you sleep, but it just might make you feel a little better!
Sleeping on your back
Laying on your back while you sleep is good for your spine because your weight is evenly distributed and not putting pressure on a specific part of your back. To make it even better for your back, place a pillow under your knees. That will help maintain the normal curve of your lower back.
On your side
If you're a side sleeper, put a pillow in between your knees. This will help keep the spine aligned. Just remember to switch sides once in a while so everything is balanced!
Sleeping in the fetal position - on your side with your knees tucked - can be really helpful for the discs in your spine. Curling your torso towards your knees in this position will open the space between your vertebrae. If a disc is out of place, it can cause pain and weakness. Allowing some space will make sure there's plenty of room for your discs!
Normally, sleeping on your stomach isn't the best for your back or neck. It can place a lot of strain and pressure on both of these areas and if you're already in pain, you definitely don't want to add to it! But, if sleeping on your stomach seems to be the only way you can get some shut eye, there is a way you can do it that will still be good for your back. Place a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. It will help relieve stress on your back. If you still feel a strain in your neck, try ditching the pillow under your head.
A good nights sleep is so important. In addition to choosing a good sleeping position, you'll want to make sure you're going to bed at a time that allows yourself enough sleep, not doing anything too rigorous before bed that would keep you awake longer, and making a nighttime routine a priority!
Don't forget it's always a good idea to visit your chiropractor when you're experiencing back pain. But, luckily there are some simple things you can do at home to help alleviate some of that pain!
To get your back aligned, feeling great, and ready for a good night's sleep, contact us at 712-560-8913 or book online to make an appointment!