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Back pain is a very common problem among adults in the US. So common, in fact, that lower back pain in particular is the second most common reason people see the doctor. According to WebMD, up to 80% of people will struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. And while there are numerous potential causes of this issue, including everything from bad posture to more serious injury, back pain can often be exacerbated by poor sleep and often impacts a person’s ability to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Like most physical ailments, back pain can be complicated. Sometimes you can feel good all day but suddenly suffer when it is time to sleep. In some cases, the wrong sleeping position could even be to blame.
We’ve rounded up some tips to try when attempting to alleviate back pain:
Switch Sleep Positions
Switching your sleep position can help minimize pressure on the neck, hips and lower back. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the best way for back pain sufferers to orient themselves while sleeping is to lie on their backs. The Foundation also recommends putting a pillow under your knees when you sleep on your back. If you just can’t quit the side sleeper position, putting a pillow between your knees can help with hip, pelvis and spinal alignment.
Avoid Sudden, Jerky Movements When Getting In & Out Of Bed
This might seem like common sense, but being gentle with your body anytime you’re experiencing pain can really help to minimize it. At the very least, this can help prevent the pain from getting worse.
Flexibility and a strong core will help reduce back strain and spasms. Staying limber and using your body regularly can help keep pain at bay, while long periods of prolonged rest can actually have a negative impact on recovery. That said, if you are currently in physical therapy or recovering from surgery, follow the advice of the surgeon or physician you’re working with.
Get A New Mattress
Because mattresses wear out over time and often lose their springiness in the process, it might be time to consider a new one. When shopping, keep your age, weight, height and pain points in mind while you rest-test to find the right fit for you. While a less firm mattress might feel great on a first try, keep in mind that firmer mattresses tend to maintain their support longer. And, if you want to take your sleep experience up a notch, you might consider a smart bed like ReST. Its customizable support for head, shoulders, lumbar, hips and legs, along with automatic, real-time adjustments can help support a pain-free and healthier sleep.
While we hope these suggestions will come in handy, they should not be taken in place of a visit with a medical professional. If you are suffering from habitual back pain, it’s always best to consult with a doctor.
Learn more about why and how the ReST Bed can help alleviate back and neck pain.
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