When you are suddenly struck with a bad case of back pain sleeping can become a chore rather than a time to relax and unwind. What this blog post aims to do is to provide you with some sleeping strategies that may help reduce your back pain and allow you to get a good night’s sleep!
If you are a side sleeper like most people, the best option is to lay on whichever side is most comfortable. Keep a supportive pillow under your head. This pillow should fill the gap between your shoulder and head when in the standing position. This way your head is kept in the neutral position throughout the night and is not tilted. Place another firm pillow between your knees. This will help keep your low back in the correct position and prevent it from becoming twisted during the night.
If sleeping on your back is the most comfortable option for you, then placing a pillow underneath your knees will help keep your spine in alignment throughout the night. This is because bending you knees helps maintain the normal lumbar lordosis or inward curvature of the lower back. Again placing a supportive pillow under your head that keeps your neck in the neutral position is the best option.
Typically we as chiropractors advise against sleeping on your stomach. This is because if you want to be able to breathe at any stage at night you will have to twist your neck. Holding this position for long periods can result in more pain and discomfort. Although if you are suffering acute pain and this is the only position of relief there is a good way to do it. The best method is to place a firm pillow beneath your pelvis. This will help keep your lumbar spine in alignment but is not great for your upper back and neck.
If you are suffering from back pain or discomfort you can visit us at Lakeside Chiropractic for an accurate diagnosis and evidence based treatment of your problem. You can contact us by calling 9300 0095 .