Getting Back to Sleep
When you go to sleep at night, you should expect to wake up feeling rested and pain-free, not achy and tired. If you are waking up with annoying back pains, it probably has to do with your sleeping position. Everyone sleeps in different positions, but not all of these positions are great for your back. Here are the pros and cons of some popular sleeping positions and how you can improve your sleeping comfort so you can get the best out of your sleeping experience.
If you naturally sleep on your back then you’re lucky, because this position is typically best for back pain. Gravity and impact with the ground can exert a lot of strain on your vertebrae, but lying flat on your back helps relieve pressure on both your spinal column and your hips. If you’re still experiencing pain in this position, try positioning a pillow under your knees to help retain the natural curve of your spine, and for more comfort, add a small pillow or cushion under your lower back – especially if your back has a significant curve.
Sleeping on your side is another popular position, but unfortunately it leaves your top leg unsupported, which can rotate your spine and contribute to back pain. To solve this problem, you can place a pillow between your legs for support, which will help align your hips and spine. Similar to the side position is the fetal position. So if you try a support technique similar to the side position, then you’ll really be sleeping like a baby.
Finally, there are the stomach sleepers. Sleeping on your stomach can cause undue stress on your back, neck, joints, and muscles. It can be hard, however, to change your sleeping habits after years and years of the same position. So if you’d rather not try side sleeping or back sleeping, you can reduce the back pain associated with stomach sleeping by placing a pillow under your hips for support. Just be careful not to strain your neck too much.
At MD Home Health, we know the importance of sleep and comfort, and we hope that these tips on sleeping positions will help you on your way to getting the restful, pain-free sleep you deserve.