Wouldn’t it be nice if your back pain went to sleep when you did? Unfortunately, this is not the case, and back pain is a frequent source of insomnia for people across the country. It’s a never ending cycle too because chronic sleeplessness could cause aches and pains as the body isn’t able to repair itself as well. If you’re tossing and turning throughout the night or your back pain is causing you to stay up late, you might be wondering whether or not one position is better than another. Should you avoid sleeping on your side? Is it okay to sleep on your back? Here are some things to keep in mind:
Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees: The goal is to take as much pressure off your spine as possible. One way to do this is by putting a pillow between your knees. This puts your back in a neutral position, which means there’s little arch but it’s not completely flat either. Try to keep your knees as parallel as possible so your top leg doesn’t fall over your bottom one, which will affect your position.
Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees: If you are more of a back sleeper, you might want to try this trick. It is possible to actually sleep on your back and not cause more pain. As with the tip above for side sleepers, a well-positioned pillow can do wonders to improve how you sleep. By putting a pillow under your knees, your body will be in a neutral position – again, taking pressure off the spine.
However, it’s important to know that sleep is much more than just about the position. There are a number of factors that affect back pain levels at night. James K. Kaufman, M.D. of Fort Worth, TX has seen patients come in who have seen improvement in sleep by changing a host of different aspects of their sleep routing.
Some patients may need to change their sleeping positions. For others, it could be an issue with the mattress. It could be an issue of how the patient gets on and off the bed. Finally, it could have nothing to do with the sleep routine at all and exercise and other lifestyle changes helped instead. The most important to remember is that if you do experience back pain, please see a specialist as soon as possible.