How to Sleep with Back Pain

For many people, the position in which they sleep in has more to do with comfort than health. However, your sleeping position is pertinent to your health since the proper positioning can promote good back health and a better, more restful sleep. After all, getting a good night’s sleep is important to both how you feel the next day as well as how you perform. So, it’s important to know whether or not your sleeping position is a good one. Should you sleep on your back, side or stomach? These are things we should know before spending lots of money on pillows and mattresses!

One of the most common questions we get is “how can I sleep with back pain?” So, what positions are better or worse for our bodies? Sleeping on your back can be detrimental to your health if you snore or have sleep apnea. This is because your airway closes significantly reducing the amount of oxygen getting in. As a result, your body may never get to the deepest stages of sleep because it must be alert enough to keep you breathing. Also, if you have back problems, sleeping incorrectly on your back can exacerbate them.

Avoid sleeping on your stomach, particularly if you have frequent back pain. This position can increase the curve and strain on your low back, leading to low back pain. Roach Chiropractic Centre recommends sleeping on your back or your side. If you sleep on your back, keeping a pillow between your knees can prevent poor spinal alignment that could result in achiness in the morning; the same applies to side sleeping – a pillow between your legs promotes proper posture even as you slumber.

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, there are a few things to consider when choosing your sleep position. The first thing to keep in mind is that quality sleep starts with a good mattress, one that is firm, but comfortable. It’s also advisable to sleep with at least one pillow. The purpose of the pillow is to keep your head and neck in line with your spine. Before you buy a pillow try it out in the store and see how it supports your head and neck. A few types of pillows to try out are memory foam, feather and buckwheat….yes, there are buckwheat pillows!

Ultimately, a good night’s sleep is more than how you feel the next morning. Lack of rest can result in frequent illnesses, memory loss, inability to focus and the development of serious conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke or diabetes.  Therefore, focusing on increasing your quality of sleep through establishing healthy positions and maintaining them can contribute to good health – and a better night of rest.

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