There’s nothing worse than waking in the night with throbbing back pain – and for a lot of New Zealanders, it’s a daily reality. Recent research has shown that more than 50% of people complain of back pain after sleeping.
If this is you, a key thing to think about is the mattress you’re sleeping on. The perfect bed for you should provide correct postural alignment by supporting your whole body, without a single pressure point. Find out more about getting your perfect bed for your perfect sleep.
You can also think about how best to position yourself in bed for optimal back support:
Sleep Position Tips:
- Sleeping on your front: If you suffer from back pain, sleeping on your front is a bad idea. This position causes your back to flex unnaturally and strains your spine and ligaments. If you really can’t sleep any other way, place a pillow underneath your chest, which will help reduce the strain on your back.
- Sleeping on your side: The most common sleeping position is on your side – however, many people twist their body so that the legs can rest side by side on the mattress rather than on top of each other. This strains the spine, so place a pillow between your knees and thighs to support your upper leg instead.
- Sleeping on your back: It’s a good idea to place a pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back. You could also try placing a small, rolled towel under the small of your back for additional support.
- Sleeping with the correct pillow: It’s important to invest in a quality pillow that supports how you sleep. Your pillow can significantly impact your spinal alignment when you are sleeping.
If, after adjusting your sleeping position, your back is still sore visit the team at Beds R Us to find the perfect bed to support your back.