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How to Survive the Night With Back Pain

Having back pain on a daily basis can be, well, a real pain in the back. You are struggling throughout the day to sit in your seat, or stand for hours on end, depending on your job. When you get home you want to do nothing but rest, relax, and go to bed. What if your back is killing you all through the night though? If this is the case, your life can become a vicious cycle of no sleep, mass consumption of caffeine, and a constant slue of pain pills. There are ways, however, to help yourself sleep easier with chronic back pain. 

Consider your mattress. Ask yourself how long you have had your mattress for. Is it too stiff? Is it too soft? Now, not everyone can afford to run out and buy a brand new mattress, however there are ways to revamp and old mattress. A lot of bedding or department stores sell mattress pads that provide much needed support, and fit snuggly underneath your sheets. Also consider flipping your mattress, a practice you should be doing several times a year anyways. 

Utilize your pillows. Get strategic with your pillow placement. If your lower back is aching, place pillows underneath your feet and knees so your back is not arching off of the bed. Sleeping on your stomach is the least ideal position for your back, but if you must there are pillows designed specifically for stomach sleepers that provide extra support. Body pillows are actually extremely beneficial. It coaxes your body into the correct side position which is good for your back.

Begin before-bed stretches. Take about fifteen to twenty minutes before you go to bed to do some beneficial stretches before you go to sleep. Using a foam roller to stretch out your back muscles is a great way to relieve any tension you might be holding in your back. Basic yoga poses, and even ballet stretches are fantastic as well.

Heat it up! Take a hot shower before you sleep, get a heating pad, buy heating lotion. The warmth is going to loosen up those often tight muscles. If it’s a summer night, consider getting a fan or turning up the AC. The added heat to the specific area where you are feeling pain is soothing, and penetrates to that tense area in your back. 

If you are experiencing severe chronic back pain that limits your daily activities, it might be time to seek a professional. The Joint… the Chiropractic Place can provide you with great joint and chiropractic help. The Joint is accessible and affordable, with no appointments necessary. Find your local office today.

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