Got sleep?

Sleeping can be torture for someone who has low back pain. Finding a better sleeping position can help you get better sleep and even help your body heal from low back pain.

I want to also note that improving your sleeping position can make your back feel better but this information should be used in conjunction with at treatment plan of sorts. If not your low back pain will persist longer than it needs to

Why do I sleep the way I sleep

It is my observation that we sleep in a position that provides the least amount of stress on your body. For many people this is why their sleeping position makes their low back worse. Sometimes the position we have always slept in aggravates your low back problem.

Having said that I don’t believe that there is an ultimate perfect sleeping position. Just a perfect sleeping position for you.

Two major types of back pain

There are two major low back problems that we will be talking about here. One of them is a lumbar spine problem and the other is a sacroiliac problem. These are not the only problems you can have just the most common.

Low back pain: lumbar spine

The lumbar spine is the five bones above your pelvis. The Pain is more often in the low back and there is usually some stiffness in the low back when moving. This type of low back pain is most aggravated when lying on your back. Best relieving sleeping position for this type of pain would be face down.

Low back pain: sacroiliac

The sacroiliac joint is the joint in the pelvis between the sacrum and ilium. The type of pain is usually sharp pain in the low low back. This type of low back pain is aggravated when sleeping face down. Best relieving sleeping position would be lying on your back.

Side sleeping

Many people resort to side sleeping because they cannot sleep on their belly or their back. If the other two positions do not help then try side sleeping. It is important to have a pillow that will support your neck and a pillow in between your knees. The pillow in between your knees will help to balance your pelvis when you sleep.

These sleeping positions are also relieving positions. So, if you are having problems you can use these positions to help relieve pain during the day.

Next step

Knowing this is great but implementing it can be hard. Especially if you are used to sleeping in a position that is different than what you are used to.

You can use these sleeping positions to help get better sleep at night. It is also important to know that this is a guideline. That is why it is important to use this information as part of a plan to overcome your low back pain.

If you are needing help overcoming low back pain or not getting the answers or treatment that is working for you. Contact us and set up a consult to see if our method can help you.