It’s hard to feel great about the day when you wake up with back pain. Don’t let the most important restorative hours of your day cause havoc on your back. Here are the best sleeping positions for back pain relief and a happier morning!
The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Back: Back Positions
Sleeping on your back is considered to be the best to relieve most back pain. When you lay on your back, your body weight is distributed the most evenly when compared to any other sleeping position. Adding a pillow underneath your knees for support can help keep your spine neutral rather than curved during sleep. Some people find added relief through the use of a small, rolled towel underneath the small of their back.
Sleeping in a Reclined Position
There’s a reason it’s hard not to fall asleep when you’re in a recliner. And in fact, sleeping in a reclined position has been proven to be beneficial for those suffering for certain back conditions. For those without the luxury of an adjustable bed, utilize as many pillows as necessary to find that comfy position.
The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Back: Side Positions
While laying straight on your back is the best way to keep the spine in alignment while you sleep, we know it isn’t the most comfortable. While sleeping on your side can cause the spine to fall out of alignment, using a pillow between your knees can help with relief. That’s because the pillow will help keep your hips, pelvis, and spine stacked and aligned.
Do your best to switch sides each night. Sleeping consistently on the same side night after night can potentially cause an issue. Also, remember that you can fill any gaps between your body and the bed with another pillow for more comfort and support.
The Fetal Position
Common advice for those suffering from a herniated disc is to sleep in the fetal position. That is because curling the spine is a means to create extra space between vertebrae. This position also reduces any bending during the night which could cause nerve-pain.
The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Back: Stomach Positions
Many have noted that sleeping on your stomach can, in fact, cause back pain due to extra stress on the neck. But for those stomach sleepers out there, there is good news. Placing a pillow beneath your abdomen can relieve some of that added backpressure. The boost under your hips will also help keep the lower back in alignment. In this position, you may forgo the use of a pillow under your head.
This is a great sleeping option for those suffering from either a herniated disc or a degenerative disc disease.
Better Sleep with Zock Family Chiropractic
Chiropractic care and wellness adjustments will help you get the sleep you need. It also improves the blood flow in the nervous system and it corrects any misalignments in the spine. These misalignments compress the nerves and cause a lack of communication between the spine and the brain. This can lead to a stress response which puts the body out of balance. Luckily, this can be easily treated with chiropractic care.
Regular chiropractic care help with things such as back pain, breathing problems, and restless leg syndrome during the night. Make an appointment today to schedule an introductory chiropractic session. We can discuss your pains and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!
* This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact a medical professional for advice.