3 Amazing Back Pain sleeping positions
Most people have back pain at some point in their lives. It is a very common problem of which about 80% of the entire population will experience it at one time or the other in their lives. we are all most likely to experience back pain as we get older. So if you experience back pain, you are not alone!
Many people hurt their backs when they lift, push, or pull something that’s too heavy.
You may also be at risk for back pain if you;
- Are pregnant.
- Have poor posture (doesn’t stand and sit up straight).
- Aren’t physically active.
- Are overweight.
- Fall or have an accident.
- Have a health problem that can cause back pain (like arthritis or cancer).
There are different types of back pain.
Back pain can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). It can feel like a sudden, sharp pain or a dull, constant ache.
Acute back pain lasts from a few days to a few weeks. It’s often caused by an accident, fall, or lifting something that’s too heavy. Acute back pain usually gets better on its own, without any treatment. But there may be time when you need to get medical care.
Sub Acute Back Pain this type of back pain last between 3weeks to 3 months
Chronic back pain lasts for more than 3 months. Its much less common than acute back pain. Most chronic back pain can be treated without surgery.
Some Sleeping Position To Ease Back Pain
There are no rules when it comes to sleeping, but there are certain guidelines that you can follow to ensure a more comfortable sleep. If you prefer to sleep on your back (supine), it is advisable to place a pillow underneath your knees, and even another one under the small of your back as in this position, gravity can force the back to arch abnormally.
If you have sciatica as well as low back pain, sleeping in this position can be a challenge and may need to be avoided. Again, you can try to provide support under your back with a folded or rolled towel and beneath your knees with a pillow. This may help alleviate any pressure on the lower back and irritation of the nerves. A variation of this position is to lie on your back but with both knees slightly bent up.
If you prefer to sleep on your side, that’s generally a good thing. Most experts consider this as the best position for people with back pain. However, keep in mind that you may need pillows for support, one placed between your knees and even under the waist. This position is best adapted by people who are in the inflammatory stage of pain, where even the most minimal movement can trigger pain.
If pain is one sided, sleeping with the upper knee bent and resting on a pillow with the lower leg straight can also help to unload the painful structures of the spine. Generally the most painful side would be best uppermost but either side is worth a try and avoids the one that increases your symptoms more.
This refers to lying on your stomach. In this particular position, gravity forces your back to arch towards the stomach. This can be uncomfortable for people with low back pain especially if there is any canal stenosis and pain with extension. To best accommodate this position, place a low pillow under the stomach. This will effectively prevent your back from arching too much. Alternatively some people with back pain that prefers an extended position may find this actually a position of comfort
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