The back pain sufferer’s guide to good sleep
You try to convince yourself that you’ll be asleep within the hour … until another hour goes by. While you struggle to find a comfortable position that eases your restless back pain, you hold out hope for a good night’s sleep — until the sun starts creeping through your blinds.
Before you brew a pot of coffee to shake off the drowsiness, ask yourself one question: Is it time for a new mattress and pillow set? Check out these tips to know when and how to purchase new bedding.
Navigating the mattress market
As you age, your body requires more support to maintain the best spinal health — and after thousands of hours of sleep, your mattress gains plenty of wear and tear. Here are some signs it may be time for a new mattress:
- You wake up with neck or back pain
- Your mattress is five to seven years old
- You sleep better when you’re away from home
- Your mattress has become saggy or less supportive
If you’re due for something new, a medium-firm mattress may provide the right density to ease or prevent low back pain according to Dr. Perry, Chief Medical Director and Co-Founder, at Laser Spine Institute.
Try researching your options online, then make a list of mattresses that provide lumbar and edge support to decrease your risk of degenerative spine conditions. And don’t forget to take them for a test drive!
Pillow-proofing your pain
While suffering from chronic neck or back pain can make the most relaxing time of the day difficult, the right pillow posture can help you get to sleep. If you’ve ever planned a good night’s sleep using three different pillows — only to wake up finding them scattered on the floor — why don’t you try a total body pillow that replaces all three?
Say goodbye to the traditional body pillow. A total body pillow lets you maintain a neutral spine by wrapping around to support your neck, back, arms and hips at the same time; think of it as a pillow pod that supports your entire body while you snooze.
If you don’t have enough space on your bed for a total body pillow, be sure to find an orthopedic pillow to support your cervical spine (neck), maintain a neutral posture and alleviate spinal pain. Remember to also place a comfortable pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees if sleeping on your side.
While new bedding can help you get a good night’s sleep, you should always seek medical advice if excruciating neck or back pain keeps you up at night. To receive your no-cost MRI review,* contact our team of spine care professionals who have helped more than 60,000 people find the relief they deserve.