Sleep Habits and Back Pain

Did you know that your sleep habits can cause back pain? Makes sense once you think about it, right? Sleeping positions that take the spine out of neutral alignment may cause neck pain, as well as back pain, in the morning.
In general, unsupported sleeping positions can place stress on your back and neck. To minimize back pain during then night and when you wake up, identify for yourself the sleeping positions that are stressful to your back and neck. Where do you need support?
Sleep in a comfortable position, although try not to sleep on your stomach. It can cause you to arch your back. Bending backwards often aggravates chronic back pain. For most people, the best position is to lie on your side in a fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you prefer to lie on your back, put a pillow under your knees to reduce stress.
Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress. Studies show that a medium-firm mattress is best for most people. The key is to use whatever is comfortable for you. If your mattress is too firm, you can add a mattress pad. Pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Find the one that’s right for you. However, if you’re a fan of using two or more pillows to prop yourself up as you sleep, you could be causing neck pain. Neck pain may be due to the head being in a tilted position, which tightens up the neck muscles.
If you still find yourself in pain when you wake up in the mornings, give us a call and make an appointment with one of Ribley Family Chiropractic’s doctors. We will be able to help answer your questions about back pain and offer advice about how you can get your best sleep.