Memory Foam Mattress & Pillows Help with Back Pain
Posted: December 31, 2013
- 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?