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3 Simple Ways To Stop Back Problems From Ruining Your Sleep

Jan 11, 2008
Back problems and back pain are possibly the most frustrating physical hardship to endure. Not only are back problems difficult to diagnose, they seem to interfere with the most routine of our daily tasks. Walking, bending over, and even sitting for lengthy periods of time can be challenging and painful. Have you ever aggravated your back pain with a simple sneeze?

While it's bad enough to deal with chronic back problems during our waking hours, loss of sleep due to back pain is an even worse fate. While there's no magic wand to cure your back problems, the good news is you'll find you can improve or prevent a lot of back problems by adopting back-friendly sleep habits.

Interestingly, the manner in which you sleep can cause you to toss and turn and feel non-refreshed, even after a full eight hours devoted to sleep. Most back problems and back pain are attributed to poor posture and misalignment due to improper lifting, sitting for long periods of time, and other activities. Therefore, it stands to reason you should ensure your body alignment and posture while sleeping aren't contributing to or even causing your back pain.

How To Ensure Proper Sleep Alignment

If you're being kept awake by back problems, chances are good you can reduce or eliminate back pain by ensuring proper sleep alignment. Proper sleep alignment means positioning your body in the most efficient manner to take pressure off your back. It doesn't matter if you sleep on your side, back, or stomach -- proper alignment can easily be achieved. The key factor is removing any and all pressure on your back, and properly aligning your neck. Fortunately, there are some easy solutions to help you align your body properly while asleep, thereby preventing back pain from ruining your good night's sleep.

There are three easy, inexpensive solutions to proper sleep alignment. Adding a memory foam pad to your mattress will ensure your entire body is supported, unlike most mattresses. Another solution is a lumbar/spine pad, which are designed to provide continuous lower back support and remove additional pressure on your back. Also you should consider a countoured pillow. These pillows ensure your head and neck are supported and in proper alignment.

Simple solutions like memory foam pads and countoured pillows can make a big difference in reducing your back pain. Many people have completely eliminated their back pain by making sure their body is properly aligned while they sleep. Further, consider adding low impact exercise to your life. Pilates is an especially effective form of exercise for back pain sufferers due to its emphasis on alignment and stretching. These simple, inexpensive solutions can not only rid you of back pain, but also give you a better nights sleep and improve your energy levels and overall quality of life.
About the Author
Jim Hofman dealt with chronic back problems for over two decades. A few simple, inexpensive solutions gave him long term Back Pain Relief and improved his quality of life. See other solutions for Back Pain Relief here.
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