How Sleep Impacts Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Sleep isn’t easy for everyone. If you deal with neck or back pain it can be even more difficult for you to find a good night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Well, there’s hope for you yet! Your chiropractor has some simple suggestions you can follow to help you get a better night’s sleep even if you suffer from chronic pain in your neck or back.
Support Your Lower Back
The lower part of your spine is called the “lumbar” spine, and you need to ensure that it is supported when you sleep at night. If you’re a side sleeper, your best bet is going to be to place a small pillow between your legs to keep your lumbar spine neutral and supported. Place your top leg just a little behind your bottom leg.
If you’re a back sleeper you should place a pillow under your knees to help take the pressure off your lumbar spine. You should also make sure you have a pillow of the right size under your neck to keep your spine in a neutral position for the length of your spine.
Make Sure Your Mattress is Supportive
You might be tempted to save some money when you’re buying a mattress since it’s such a big purchase. The problem is that a cheap mattress isn’t going to offer your spine the support it needs, especially if you already have back and neck pain. Over time a cheap mattress is going to make you feel even worse!
Talk to your chiropractor about what kind of things you should look for in a mattress that will best benefit your back and neck pain.
A Few Good Pillows
A firm pillow that offers proper support to your neck is what you need if you suffer from neck pain. You do not want to buy a feather or down pillow since they don’t offer enough support. Whatever position you sleep in you do not want a pillow that will make your head higher than the rest of your body. Even with a pillow, you should be able to draw an imaginary straight line from your head to your feet.
If you suffer from back or neck pain that’s keeping you from sleeping well, talk to your chiropractor about it during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic. They can offer you some more information to help you get better and more restorative sleep!