Got Back Pain When Sleeping? Here’s How to Fix It

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Solving Your Back Pain Problems

Luckily, there are a few simple fixes for back pain caused by sleep, with only a few minor adjustments to your usual sleeping position. More often than not, people with chronic back pain find that a modified back position is the best for pain-free sleep.

That’s because you can easily support your spine and neck and put even amounts of stress on both sides of your body.

The first step is to use a thin pillow, or even a folded towel, instead of a stack of pillows that over-elevates your head. This reduces strain on your neck. Then, place another pillow under your knees. This eases some of the strain on your lower back.

If you have trouble sleeping on your back, there are other options for avoiding back pain. If you prefer sleeping on your stomach, for example, placing a thin pillow under your hips can reduce pressure on your spine.

Likewise, if you prefer to sleep on your side in the fetal position, putting a pillow between your knees ensures that one side of your hip is not being pulled down.

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Prevent Back Pain During the Day

Ultimately, it’s not just about how you sleep. Your posture and activity during the day has a significant effect on muscles that may wind up feeling sore no matter what position you sleep in.

During the day, focus on maintaining good posture at work and taking frequent breaks to get up and stretch.

This might mean the difference between waking up feeling like you need a visit to a massage therapist and getting out of bed ready to take on the day.

Do you have any tips or tricks for avoiding back pain due to sleep? Share them with us in the comments section!

sources:

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleeping-positions/LB00003_D
  • http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/back-dos-donts
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