Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Back Pain
If you live with back pain, getting a good night’s sleep might seem like a thing dreams are made of. You might find yourself tossing and turning for hours, struggling to get comfortable—and when you do finally doze off, you’re jolted awake by a twinge. Sadly, the more sleep you lose, the more sensitive to pain your body becomes, meaning your sleeplessness may actually cause your back pain to worsen over time.
Your body needs sleep to heal, making it more important than ever to get a solid eight hours of rest when you’re in pain. But don’t despair—it is within reach! Here are some simple tips for getting a better night’s sleep with back pain.
Change your sleeping position
When it comes to back pain, the position you sleep in can make a huge difference. Sleeping on your stomach, for instance, flattens your spine and twists your neck, both of which will only make things worse. So which position should you sleep in?
In fact, there’s no single position that’s best. Remaining in one position for too long actually increases back pain, so the best plan is to switch it up throughout the night. Try lying in a fetal position on your side, with a pillow tucked between your legs. If you prefer to sleep on your back, put a pillow beneath your knees. Or if you find sleeping on your stomach is more comfortable for you, place a pillow under the lower part of your abdomen and pelvis to minimize the strain on your back.
Sleep on a medium-firm mattress, and use one pillow
The type of mattress you sleep on is also important. If you’re able to, shop for a new mattress that feels comfortable to you—in most cases, a medium-firm mattress will do the trick. If your current mattress feels too firm, you can also try adding an egg crate mattress pad.
Sleeping on a stack of pillows puts more pressure on your neck, so try sleeping with just one. Many people with back pain find that a contoured pillow helps ease the strain on their neck.
Try to relax
You may be able to reduce nightly back pain by doing daily exercises or stretches designed to help you relax. Stress is often a big contributor to pain, so if you can, eliminate stressful situations from your day, and unwind before going to bed by doing things like reading a book or taking a relaxing bath.
Consider stem cell therapy
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your nightly back pain, consider stem cell therapy. This regenerative treatment aims to relieve back pain by taking stem cells from the patient’s own body and injecting them directly into the site of injury to promote healing. Many people have found stem cell therapy effective for reducing their back and spinal pain, increasing their quality of life and helping them to get a better night’s sleep for good.
At Stem Cell Therapy, we specialize in safe, natural regenerative therapies. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is right for you.