Back pain is an extremely common complaint that affects most people at some point in their life. It can come in varying degrees of pain, ranging from a small ache whilst exercising or lifting, to a constant uncomfortable pain that affects day to day life. Whatever the extent of your pain, it can really get you down.

 

 

What is even more distressing is not sleeping properly due to an aching back. Lack of sleep can often coincide with back pain as the affected area may be extremely sensitive. Studies have shown that if you don't get enough sleep, it may actually make you more susceptible to pain. But what if your bed is not comfortable? You spend at least 8 hours a day in your bed. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable bed when are experiencing back pain. A great remedy for this is buying a memory foam mattress and pillows. These must-have items will help your back pain and give you a better night's rest. 

Now if you’re trying to cope with back pain during the night, here are some things that might help lessen the pain so you can get a better night's sleep.

  • Change your sleeping position. Changing the way you sleep can help because it takes some of the strain off your back. If you sleep on your side, pull your legs up toward your chest and place a pillow between your legs. Put a pillow under your knees to maintain the natural curvature of your lower back if you sleep on your back. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as it will arch your back and cause more back pain. 
  • De-stress. Research has proven that those who maintain a positive attitude tend to recover quicker than those who are negative. Practicing relaxation techniques and managing your stress and anxiety is beneficial for healthy sleep and keeping your pain manageable.
  • Buy a memory foam mattress/pillows. Finding a good mattress is half the battle when trying to sleep with back pain. In addition to a bad mattress, an old, poor-quality pillow might also negatively affect your back pain. A good pillow should align your head and neck with your spine.
  • Take a bath or use an ice pack. Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts before bed soothes achy muscles and joints, and also relaxes you before bed. In contrast, sometimes a cold ice pack helps alleviate pain.

Sleeping through back pain can be difficult, but there are ways to alleviate your pain and get a restful night's sleep. What are some things you do to help ease your pain and sleep better?