Addressing Back Pain


The source of bodily pain can be elusive, but the feeling certainly isn’t. You may not know why you’re hurting, but you always know when you are. Immediately and thoroughly. Never is this more evident and disruptive than when you are trying to sleep. And tonight’s tossing and turning becomes tomorrow’s late start, tomorrow’s missed deadline, tomorrow’s bad day. This makes it all the more important to treat your pain, whether it’s in your neck, shoulders, back or hips. Immediately and thoroughly.


Odds are you’ve experienced some back pain in your lifetime. It’s all too common. Consider the following if you’re one of the afflicted:


-If you sleep on your back, a pillow under the knees can help maintain proper spinal alignment.


-If you sleep on your side, draw your knees to your chest and rest a pillow between them to minimize risk. A full body pillow may be a comfy alternative.


-If you sleep on your stomach, do not. (Read on under General Tips for more.) But if you must, consider placing a pillow under your lower abdomen.


-Be very particular in how you rise from bed in the morning to avoid multiplying your issues. Best practice: Roll onto your side and bend your knees. Drop your feet to the floor and push yourself up with both arms. Stand with proper posture. Sleep and repeat.


-Finally, if all else fails, an old-fashioned ice pack can sometimes make all the difference.

 

GENERAL TIPS

-Avoid sleeping on your stomach if possible. It practically invites pain all over with the smallest shift or adjustment. Experiment with sleeping on your side or back to reduce your potential for pain, though switching your position as you sleep gives you the best odds for better sleep.


-Practice proper “sleep hygiene.” What this entails is following good habits to encourage quality sleep, such as exercising, losing the sleep meds, making your room dark and cool, letting natural light in during the day, minimizing technology usage in the bedroom, pre-sleep stretching, following a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding stimulating substances such as soda close to bedtime, and more. Better sleep allows your body to heal and relax, while poor or little sleep increases our sensitivity to pain. A few simple improvements to your nightly routine can do wonders for your health and happiness.


-There is no one-size-fits-all bed that will fix all your problems. You need a properly fitted sleep solution to truly reap the benefits of quality sleep. Come by a local Mattress Warehouse for an exclusive Sleep Assessment by our friendly staff to learn what bedding options will make a difference in your night’s sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips have pointed you in the direction of better sleep and less pain. If you can’t seem to shake the pain no matter what you try, it’s time to consider a professional opinion from the appropriate doctor. Either way, a better mattress is the first step. Visit one of our local showrooms today!


Read on for more information on hip, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as treating snoring, poor circulation, sleep apnea, and sinus issues!

 

Further Reading:

Addressing Neck Pain – Mattress Warehouse

Addressing Shoulder Pain – Mattress Warehouse

Addressing Hip Pain – Mattress Warehouse

Treating Sleep Apnea – Mattress Warehouse

Treating Snoring – Mattress Warehouse

Treating Poor Circulation – Mattress Warehouse

Treating Sinus Issues – Mattress Warehouse

Can Switching Your Sleep Position Ease Back Pain? – Everyday Health

Sleeping With Back Pain - WebMD

Adam Turner

Adam Turner

Adam Turner is the Marketing Copywriter at iMS, starting in late 2016. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009 with a degree in Communications (specifically Broadcasting & Electronic Media and English), he worked in the book industry, running a small publishing and digital media company out of Lexington. As copywriter, Adam is tasked with preparing written content across multiple mediums, from social media to blogging to print and television advertising. He enjoys collecting vinyl records, running with his dog, and, you guessed it, writing.