A Serious Issue
When your back hurts, you can’t sleep right. When you can’t sleep right, you don’t get the rest you need. Without proper rest, your body doesn’t function correctly. During the day, your body’s less efficient functionality tends to lead you into further incorrect action. This compounds the problem you already had, your back pain gets worse, and sleep gets harder.
If you’re not careful, back pain can move from something that comes and goes to a continuously chronic conglomeration of aches and soreness. But there’s good news: you’re not alone, people have dealt with what you have, and they’ve found ways to overcome such pain. Following we’ll go over seven nigh-magical tips to help reduce or eliminate back pain.
1. Eat Better
One thing that will hurt your back collaterally is eating poorly. Say you eat half a medium pizza in front of the TV with a couple beers before bed. You should expect to wake up around two in the morning with a terrible case of heartburn. A few antacids can knock it out, but they might not. So you may end up sleeping in a vertical position with your head hanging down.
This contributes to strain on your neck and upper back. You can sleep for hours in a way that’s completely misaligned, and leads to pain later in the day. How do you overcome this? Try to limit your caloric intake after about 5 PMdepending on your normal sleep schedule.
2. Exercise Effectively
You need to work out. Running, jogging, cycling, swimmingthese things can be very helpful. You need to keep your muscles properly engaged, or like a rubber band losing its elastic qualities, your muscles cease to work as they should. When they quit supporting your spine, you’ll have back pain. A magical tip to overcome it is a half hour workout every day.
3. Change Up Your Mattress
The mattress you’re sleeping on could be the problem. If it sags, if it doesn’t give you the right levels of support, you’ll find your back pain issues compound. So maybe you should look into a foam mattress, maybe you want an “inner spring” mattress. Think about what makes sense, think about situations where you have slept well. What was the mattress like?
4. Consult Experts On The Subject
Beyond consulting a physician, doing some research is wise. Remember, millions have lived before you, and contended with just the issues you’re likely fighting. So you might use some free resources to help you make decisions. One such resource worth exploring is
The Sleep Doctor article about back pain issues contained in the underlined link.
5. Try Sleeping With A Pillow Between Your Legs
This is a weird little tip that seems to work quite well. Most people sleep on their sides. In fact, it’s estimated
over 70% of people sleep on their sides on average. What happens? Well, your legs have weight, and that weight pulls on your skeleton. You need support between your knees to avoid this. There are actually therapeutic pillows sold for this purpose.
However, you don’t have to go with some expensive option like that; you might try just grabbing one or two pillows, sticking them between your knees, and sleeping that way. Get into the habit for a week or two and it may resolve your issue, if what you’re dealing with is something relatively minor.
6. Stretch In The Morning And Before You Go To Bed
One of the biggest things that ultimately ends up causing chronic aches and pains in later age is not stretching regularly, or properly. You should stretch in the morning, and if you can, before you go to bed. Just do a search engine query to find the best stretches for your age range, and hold each stretch for a count of ten to twenty.
7. Consider Therapeutic Massage From A Chiropractor
There are alignment issues no amount of stretching or exercise can fix. Sometimes you need to just bite your lip and head to the chiropractor.
Their primary specialty is alignment of the spine, and you’d be surprised how many little things can be resolved with a simple alignment. Hopefully you can use tips listed here to avoid this, but if you can’t, see a chiropractor.
Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Despite Your Back
Chiropractors, medical practitioners, stretching, sleeping with a pillow between your legs, following expert advice available online, getting a new mattress, eating right, and exercising regularly all represent good steps to help you overcome back pain.
Some of these may work for you, some might not. If you can’t consult with a doctor, do some research and experiment. You may not be able to totally eliminate the pain you feel in your back at nightbut then again, you just might.