Back Pain Interrupting Your Sleep? Try These Tips for Relief
Back pain is no fun. Period. And it is also no stranger to us as 80 percent of people have experienced or will experience back pain at some point in their life. While back pain is, well, literally a pain to deal with during the day, it can become a pest when you try to sleep as well and can make you miss out on those much needed Z’s. Here are some tips to relieve back pain before bed.
Before you hop into bed for the night, take a shower or bath to relax your muscles. They have probably tightened and worked hard throughout the day, so taking a little time to wind down and relieve a little pressure is important. Massaging shower heads can be great as well.
Stretch it Out
Stretching before bed is another way to prep for a solid night’s sleep. Again, muscle tightness contributes in a big way to back pain, so regular stretches can certainly do a body good, and will encourage better mobility and range of motion as well.
Tighten Your Core
The muscles of the core (abdominals, back muscles, obliques, and even the glutes) provide support to the spine and allow it to function free from excessive pressure or strain. So building and strengthening these muscles only helps your spine do its job better, reducing your risk of back pain.
Adjust Your Sleep Position
If you are a stomach or side sleeper, you are more likely to experience back pain simply because of the position the spine is in when you sleep. These positions can cause unnatural curvature of the spine, and result in – you guessed it – back pain. Try putting a pillow between your knees if you are a side sleeper, or under your pelvis if you are stomach sleeper. This should relieve some of the pressure on the spine.
See a Chiropractor
Perhaps the most important tip in this post, seeing a chiropractor regularly significantly reduces your risk of back pain by stopping a chronic problem before it starts. Back pain from spinal misalignment will undoubtedly make you lose sleep at night, so nip it in the bud with chiropractic by treating the cause.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: Too Sore to Snore? 6 Ways to Prevent Back Pain When Sleeping By Jenny Sugar