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Is Back Pain Causing You to Lose Sleep?

By Sara Butler

Sleep is crucial to your overall health, and if you’re experiencing back pain that keeps you from getting quality, restorative sleep at night this is a huge problem. The National Sleep Foundation has reported about 66 percent of people with chronic pain don’t get enough sleep at night. Some conditions can even cause the pain experienced at night while lying down to be more intense – so what can you do? Here are a few tips to help you better manage back pain at night so you can get the sleep you need.

The Causes of Nighttime Back Pain

The causes of nighttime back pain are not always completely clear. There are many things that can cause back pain, including:

  • Injuries to the spine – Injuries from a fall or a slip can be a sprain, strain or even a fracture.
  • Mechanical issues – Issues with the way the spine moves can be the cause of pain, such as disc degeneration.
  • Spine disease or conditions – Scoliosis, a herniated disc, pregnancy, spinal stenosis and arthritis can all cause nighttime back pain.

How You Can Avoid Nighttime Back Pain

Of course, if you’re experiencing back pain at night to the point that you are unable to rest, you need to seek help from a medical professional such as your chiropractor as soon as you can. If they can determine what is causing the pain you are experiencing then they may be able to help you find some relief, allowing a better night’s rest.

A few other tips for helping to control back pain at night include:

  • Strategic use of body pillows – Sometimes a body pillow can work wonders on a painful back since they help to offer support. Find a body pillow that is between five and six feet long and put it between your knees right up against your body while you’re on your side to help take the pressure off your back.
  • Strategic use of other pillows – Once you’ve got the body pillow working for you, you should also know your other pillow is supporting your neck adequately. Your shoulders should not be on the pillow, just your neck, and your spine should be in a neutral position without your head rising above the level of the rest of your body.
  • Get a proper mattress – Your mattress should be supportive enough to support the natural curvature of your spine but soft enough to support the rest of you too. This means you shouldn’t have any space between your body and the bed when lying down – it should fit you like a glove!

If you have questions about how to deal with back pain at night, your chiropractor is a great resource!

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