How Sleeping Could be Giving You Low Back Pain

Home » Blog » How Sleeping Could be Giving You Low Back Pain

Do You Have Back Pain From Sleeping

Low back pain while sleeping can make it tough to get a good night’s sleep. At the same time, how you sleep could make things worse — while certain sleep positions put strain on an already aching back, others may help you find relief.

Experts believe that people with sleep problems experience more problems with back pain. Sleep deprivation is known to affect mood and functional ability and can negatively impact your perception of pain. Pain in turn can affect the quality of your sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation, leading to a lighter sleep state and more frequent waking throughout the night.

What’s more, there’s a relationship between the severity of pain, overall mood, and the ability to function —According to a study published in the November 2016 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine: A good night of sleep can improve all these symptoms.

Worst Positions that Cause Back Pain From Sleeping

Some sleep positions can put added pressure on your neck, shoulders, hips, lower back, knees, and even your heels, all of which can lead to pain. There’s no one-size-fits-all sleep position to kick back pain, but you can try a few tricks to get it under control so that you can sleep more soundly.

The most common offender? Sleeping on your stomach. Typically, sleeping on your stomach can flatten the natural curve of your spine, putting some additional strain on your back muscles.

Plus, stomach sleeping means that your neck is rotated, which can actually result in neck pain or back pain between your shoulders, says Paul Grous, a physical therapist and spine specialist with Penn Therapy & Fitness in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey.

Don’t worry about keeping your body in the same position all night. It’s normal for you to move around a bit while you sleep, and that’s a good thing because a little movement can help ease pressure on your back. “Any sleeping position has the potential to amplify back pain if you maintain it for too long,” Thomas says.

Sleep Positions That Help Relieve Back Pain

First, you’ve got to be comfortable to get a good night’s sleep. We suggest making a few simple modifications to your regular sleep position to help take a load off your back:

If you’re a back sleeper: Put a pillow under your knees to allow your spine to maintain its natural curve.

If you’re a stomach sleeper: Put a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis to ease back strain.

If you’re a side sleeper: Draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and sleep with a pillow (a full body pillow can be comfortable) between your knees.

 

You don’t have to have back pain from sleeping. Visit us as Crist Chiropractic in Cool Springs, and we’ll help you find immediate relief from your back pain with chiropractic adjustments, stretching and spinal decompression. We’ll also sit down with you to show you the best things you can do to have a pain free night.

Posted in ,

Comments

A WordPress Commenter on November 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Hi, this is a comment.
To get started with moderating, editing, and deleting comments, please visit the Comments screen in the dashboard.
Commenter avatars come from Gravatar.

(Edit)

Chiropractors and Scoliosis

By Dr. Jason Crist | September 5, 2019

Even though children are the main group suffering with scoliosis, grown-ups may suffer too. Discover other things you must recognize regarding this common disorder and the way  a chiropractor care can assist you.   Defining scoliosis Scoliosis is a disorder of the spinal customarily described as a sideways curving (or also called curvatures) of a…

Read More

Three Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Your Tennessee Injury Case

By Dr. Jason Crist | August 16, 2019

We hope it never happens, but at some point in your life, you may get into a car accident. If that happens and you have an injury, here are the three biggest mistakes to avoid. 1) Permitting any gaps to appear in your health treatment Don’t postpone any necessary healthcare. Follow your physician’s doctor’s guidance,…

Read More

Recommended for You

Chiropractors and Scoliosis

September 5, 2019

Even though children are the main group suffering with scoliosis, grown-ups may suffer too. Discover other things you must recognize regarding this common disorder and the way  a chiropractor care can assist you.   Defining scoliosis Scoliosis is a disorder of the spinal customarily described as a sideways curving (or also called curvatures) of a…

Read More

Three Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Your Tennessee Injury Case

August 16, 2019

We hope it never happens, but at some point in your life, you may get into a car accident. If that happens and you have an injury, here are the three biggest mistakes to avoid. 1) Permitting any gaps to appear in your health treatment Don’t postpone any necessary healthcare. Follow your physician’s doctor’s guidance,…

Read More

Should You Exercise After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

July 24, 2019

Normally, it’s fine to head to the gym after you get a chiropractic adjustment. However, you still have to give some thought to a few facts. Adjustments are meant to produce improved movement in your body. During your chiropractic appointment, your chiropractor will usually show you some sort of exercise and watch as you do…

Read More
Crist Chiropractic & Wellness exists to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health through natural and holistic means. Our team is committed to restoring the body’s ability to express its true health potential. We strive to serve our patients and our community with a spirit of complete caring, by radiating health and promoting well-being.

Goodbye Back Pain. Hello Pain Relief!
Crist Chiropractic of Cool Springs Helps You Live Better Now