How to Get a Good Night's Sleep with Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain, sleeping can be quite the challenge. Most people don't give much consideration to how their mattress affects their back. Nor do people think about how the position in which they sleep impacts back pain. Let's take a look at some tips to help you sleep better and minimize back pain throughout the night.
Choose Your Mattress Carefully
The mattress you sleep on makes a big difference in your quality of sleep as well as your physical and mental health. Most people assume that the vast majority of mattresses are similar to one another, but that's not necessarily true. Studies have shown that those who use a medium-firm mattress experience less back pain than those who use a mattress that is either extra soft or extra firm.
Your mattress must provide ample support for your spine. Inadequate support will lead to muscle fatigue and a restless night of sleep. Try out a variety of mattresses until you find one that allows your body to rest in its natural position so your muscles completely relax, allowing for refreshing sleep. And don't forget to replace your mattress every eight to 10 years.
Don't Sleep on Your Stomach
Though it might be hard to believe, sleeping on your abdomen can exacerbate back pain. Such a sleeping position forces your back to cave inward, leaving the spine unsupported. Stomach sleeping also puts additional pressure on your muscles and joints. If you are set in your ways and can't fall asleep in an alternate position besides flat down on your stomach, be proactive and put a pillow beneath your pelvis to give your back extra support.
A Pillow for Your Head Might Not Be Necessary
Don't use any old pillow beneath your head when you sleep. If your current bed pillow causes a strain on your back or neck, ditch it. The unfortunate truth is that most people can't find a pillow that properly supports the neck. Either buy a new pillow that doesn't negatively impact the back and neck or sleep without one. Some who suffer from back pain rely on a cervical pillow that lends support to the neck's natural curves during sleep. However, these pillows are specially designed for those who sleep on their side or back, so those who sleep on their stomachs will either have to change their sleeping position, use a regular pillow or no pillow at all.
Capital City Neurosurgery
If your back pain has become intolerable, don't suffer one day longer. Help is available at Capital City Neurosurgery. You can trust our neurosurgeon, Dr. Kelly Kiehm, to perform minimally invasive spinal surgery that rectifies your back pain. Reach out to us by calling 614-300-1105 for more information or to schedule an appointment.