How To Sleep With Lower Back Pain
We all love to sleep. A time for ourselves to recharge and get ready for the next day ahead of us. Surely this peaceful moment cannot be ruined by anything, right? Unfortunately, even while sleeping you can experience discomfort. In this blog, we will go over how sleeping incorrectly can lead to irritating pain in your lower back.
What Can Cause Lower Back Pain?
Your posture while sleeping may be a big reason as to why you might be feeling some discomfort in the morning in your lower back. It all stems from how your spine is aligned while sleeping. Depending on how you sleep, either on your back, side or stomach, your spine will be misaligned with your head which can cause some pain in your lower back.
Sleeping On Your Stomach
It turns out that sleeping on your back can be one of the worst positions for a healthy spine. When sleeping in this position, there is not enough curve to support the spine. This then causes pressure points along the back, which could lead to waking up with discomfort.
If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, not all hope is lost. You can place a pillow right under your abdomen. This will help maintain the natural curvature of your spine and reduce any pain you may feel in your lower back when waking up.
Sleeping On Your Back
When sleeping on your back, it is important to keep the head elevated so that you maintain good alignment of spine. You can reduce any soreness in your lower back when waking up as there's no stress applied and followed by its natural curve
Sleeping On Your Side
Sleeping on your side is one of the best positions to be in when sleeping. If you are experiencing lower back pain, sleeping on your side will not irritate those muscles and allow any injury or discomfort to heal.
Even when making the effort to sleep properly by practicing the right postures to sleep in, your mattress can be working against you and can be contributing to your lower back pain. Firm mattresses can restrict your body and not allow for the spine to rest in its naturally curve. The opposite can also occur, where if your mattress is too soft, your body may sink into a position that places stress on your spine which may lead to discomfort in the lower back.
Pregnancy can lead to lower back pain due to the weight distribution causing your body to compensate. When sleeping, choosing the right posture to ensure that there will be no stress on your abdomen can help avoid lower back pain. If possible, sleeping on your side will help maintain your spine’s curvature without any additional weight pushing down on your spine.
Not Supporting an Injury Properly
Injury of in itself can cause pain in your lower back, but not taking the proper precautions when sleeping can also cause discomfort. Striking a balance between finding a comfortable position to sleep in while also not sleeping in a position that will cause pain in your lower back is the key. As long as you are able to sleep not on your stomach while also keeping your injury out of potential discomfort will help prevent any pain from developing in your lower back.
How To Sleep with Better Posture
Sleeping with better posture can be achieved as long as you can find a comfortable position to lay in that won’t cause any pressure on your lower back or cause your spine to be misaligned. As we mentioned earlier, sleeping on your stomach should be avoided at all costs. Try sleeping on your side or on your back, if possible.
Maintaining a consistent position can help prevent you from moving and sleeping uncomfortably which may cause stress in your lower back. Eating healthy and exercising regularly will help contribute to not shifting around in bed so much, helping keep a constant sleeping position that follows the curvature of your spine.
It’s almost impossible to escape life’s stresses. There seems to be something new we must deal with. Accumulating a lot of stress can interfere with how we sleep. This may cause us to have same reaction when we don’t stay healthy, and that is to move around when we sleep. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, moving around in your sleep can lead to you potentially sleeping on your stomach which is not ideal for dealing with lower back pain, and can cause additional pain if you were already injured there.
No Phone Or Screens
Making sure that you get to sleep as soon as possible it one sure way to make sure you don’t shift around in your bed and end up in a position that may cause pain in your lower back. One simple way to prevent this is to put that phone away. 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed, try to not use any electronics like smartphones and tablets. The screen and stimulants from the content your viewing can keep you awake for longer.
How Curavi Can Help
Although not the cure, Curavi belts are a great way to feel soothing pain relief – without any prescriptions. We do recommend going to a doctor is the pain you experience is too much or simply won’t go away. If you’re recovering from an injury, or just had a bad night sleeping, Curavi belts administer relief through red laser light right at the source – your lower back. For just 12 minutes, Curavi can help relieve the pain and help you return to normal and comforting sleep.