You think getting older is the only reason for your back to be hurting? Think again. Most back pains occur from ‘funny sleeping’ or sleeping in a position that might not be the right one for your body, and you might not even realize that.
Back Pain Causes Due To Bad Sleeping
The back pain you experience as a result of a bad sleeping position is likely caused by a misalignment of your spine. Most of us are quite far from having a perfect posture and our activities day to day can eventually start tightening the muscles in our backs that result in pain while we sleep.
One example – and this is the most common one - is sitting all day. And we’re all doing this more or less. This can cause the muscles in the hips to tighten, which can lead to an over-curvature of the spine. This usually happens around the lower back of the spine – sometimes it can even lead to scoliosis, especially when a person is still in the developing stages.
There are some positions you can take during your sleep that can exacerbate this tightness. The fetal position, which is considered to be the most comfortable among people, tends to introduce more curvature to the spine and too much straightness to the legs.
Sleeping on the back can easily cause the lower back to arch, while, on the other, hand, sleeping on the stomach can push the hips back, leading again to curvature of the lower back. So it seems like no matter how you sleep – it just ISN’T RIGHT, right? Wrong.
Your Back Problems - Solved
Fortunately, there are a few very simple fixes for people who are experiencing back pain that’s caused by sleep, and it’s not gonna take anything in particular – just a few minor adjustments to your usual sleeping position. Don’t worry, you can still keep your position. I know how painful it is not to be able to sleep the way you want to sleep. Usually, people with chronic back pain have expressed feeling relief after implementing a modified back position in their sleep. The reason for this is because that’s a way for you to support your neck and your spine – which is crucial.
The first step is to use a thin pillow underneath your head like it’s shown in the picture. This will manage to reduce the strain on your neck. Afterward, you need to place another pillow underneath your knees. This will manage to ease some of the strain on your lower back.
If you are one of those people who just can’t sleep on their back, then no worries, there are still other options for avoiding back pain. As I said, you’ll be able to keep your position. If you prefer sleeping on your stomach, for example, just place a thin pillow under your hips, so that you reduce the pressure on your spine. This is what I do and it works.
In the same way, if you like to sleep in a fetal position, just put a pillow between your knees. That way you’ll make sure that one side of your hip is not being pulled down.
What About Our Daily Habits?
Yes, how can we forget about this? After all, it’s not just
about how you sleep. Your activities – and most importantly, posture - during the day has a crucial role in your pain-free life.
During the day, try to focus a bit more on maintaining a good posture while you’re at work, for starters. Also, it’s advisable you get up and stretch every half an hour.
This might be the difference between waking up in pain and waking up ready to carpe diem.