Back pain is one of the most important musculoskeletal problems in the world. Many of those who suffer from this complication often spend a lot of money looking for the solution to their problem.
According to large studies, at least 80% of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. Therefore, you need to know the different ways to treat and prevent this from happening.
We can mention several techniques related to the use or not of medicines, with a high percentage of effectiveness. Among the most important, are those that do not require the use of any drug, because they are within reach of all of us and are usually simple and economical methods, which only need a few minutes a day or are small changes in our lifestyle.
One method in which scientists have placed most emphasis is the way of sleeping, a state of rest which, although not used as a definitive treatment in the case of back pain, can help us to improve and prevent this complication.
Although one of the most important recommendations has to do with keeping little time in bed, we all need to sleep. Therefore, we must learn to rest properly, and we must consider several factors:
Watch Your Posture
This is definitely the key point in caring for your back pain while you sleep.
Most clinical guidelines recommend sleeping on your side or on your back since a facedown position is not natural. However, there are few cases such as coccyx injuries, where we should sleep on our stomachs.
Still, the most important point is to sleep with several pillows but well coupled. One behind our head, as usual, but not as big. In this way, we do not obstruct the airway with the flexion of the neck.
The place occupied by the second pillow will depend on our sleeping position. If we sleep on our side, it must be between our knees to get a good hip alignment. If we sleep on our back, we should place it under our knees to maintain the normal state of our body.
In the end, what we want is for our body’s balance points to remain in line, returning to a more natural position that does not aggravate our pain, but improves it.
Environment: Looking for the right conditions
It is not only a good bed but also a good mattress. Many orthopaedic mattresses improve our posture and give us the support we need.
In addition, to rest psychologically and reduce hormone levels due to stress, we must have a room that allows us to sleep peacefully. You should look for a dark room, with good temperature, and with not much noise.
Time – According to Your Needs
Get your rest, get the 6-8 hours of sleep you need. However, no more of that. Spending more time than necessary in your bed may aggravate your pain condition.
Although it is not a definitive therapeutic method, we must take care of the way in which we sleep in order to improve our back pain. Many times, it seems to be complicated, but our improvement will start from the smallest aspects, and this is one of the most important.