How to Sleep with Back Pain

There’s every chance that you’ll experience back pain at one time or the other. But, did you know that stress on your spine, bad lifestyle choices and bad posture, as well as awkward sleeping positions, are the primary causes of lower back pain? Here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep on Your Side and Use a Body Pillow

For starters, Free Your Spine recommends using a body pillow for back pain during sleep, and for some good reasons.  A body pillow offers the support you need to sleep on your side comfortably. To make the most out of your pillow, be sure to place it between your legs to allow your shoulder to come into contact with your mattress. The pillow also helps distribute your weight evenly to improve circulation. Remember, the trick is to sleep with the pillow in between your legs to align your pelvis, hips, and spine.

Sleep in the Fetal Position

If you’re suffering from herniated discs, try to sleep on your side, in a curled fetal position. That way, will cushion your discs and increase the spaces between the vertebrae. In other words, you will help your discs return to their normal position thereby reducing nerve pain and weakness.

Sleep on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach isn’t bad for lower back pain. Sure, you can increase the stress on your neck, but on the flip side, you don’t have to force your body into a different position. To reduce pain using this technique, be sure to place a pillow below your lower abdomen and pelvis to take some pressure off your back. Again, this is an excellent sleeping position if you’re suffering from degenerative disc disease.

Sleep on Your Back

Yes, sleeping on your back can help reduce pain. However, you have to place a body pillow under your knees to ensure that your spine stays in a neutral position. Or, you may consider putting a small rolled up towel under back for better support. In essence, sleeping on your back allows you to distribute your weight across the broadest part of your body. This results in reduced stress on your pressure points.

The Bottom

Your sleeping position can ease of aggravate your lower back pain. Try to adopt the best position. Of course, you can try out different styles to determine which one works for your body and level of pain.