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Are You Having Trouble Sleeping Due To Back Pain?

Have you ever had back pain in your life? If you’re like most people, your answer is probably a resounding “yes.” There’s good reason for that…

About 80 percent of the adults in the U.S. experience back pain at some point in their lives, and the back pain is one of the most common reason for missed work and second most common reason to visit the doctor’s office.

Back pain is a problem that we’ve helped many of our patients with here at Tao of Medicine, and we understand the issues faced by patients whose lives have been up-ended by constant pain and the negative feelings it creates.

So today I am going to talk about every thing about “Back Pain” but since many patients ask me, “it hurts so much at night, I can’t sleep” or “I have to turn a lot throughout the night,” I put together some helpful information about the topic.

Here is the way you try on the bed to avoid that back pain provided by Mayo Clinic.

Sleeping on your side

Your usual sleep position — along with other factors, including your weight and your sex — can strain your back and contribute to development of back pain. Sleeping positions also affect existing back pain, either by letting you sleep comfortably or by making you wake up sore. Similarly, back pain is more likely to keep you awake when your sleeping position provides no relief.

The most common sleeping position is on your side, with your legs and hips aligned and flexed. Because this position leaves your upper leg unsupported, the top knee and thigh tend to slide forward and rest on the mattress, rotating the lower spine. This slight rotation may contribute to back or hip pain. To prevent that problem, place a pillow between your knees and thighs.

Lower-back pain disrupts many aspects of life. In our survey, 46 percent said that it interfered with their sleep, 31 percent reported that it thwarted their efforts to maintain a healthy weight, and 24 percent said that it hampered their sex life.

Sleeping on your back

If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back. You might try a small, rolled towel under the small of your back for additional support. Support your neck with a pillow.

This position may be helpful if you have low back pain.

Sleeping on your abdomen

Sleeping on your abdomen can be hard on your back. If you can’t sleep any other way, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. Use a pillow under your head if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back. If it does cause strain, try sleeping without a pillow under your head.

And if you explore more about back pain, here is the link, Back Pain and Mayo Clinic.

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