Have you ever woken up after a restful night of sleep and thought to yourself, “Man, my back is killing me?” If this is you, chances are you are NOT alone. Before you take the plunge to throw out your mattress, you might want to take a look at your sleeping posture.
Yes, you heard that right! Not only should you practice good posture throughout the day while you’re at work or marking off things on your honey-do list around the house, but also while you’re sleeping. By making simple changes in your sleeping posture, you can reduce the strain on your back and improve your quality of sleep!
Here are a few tips & tricks to make sure you get a good night’s rest without producing an achy back:
Be sure to draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and place a pillow between your legs. This positioning helps maintain a neutral spine to keep you comfy throughout the night!
To protect the natural curve of your lower back, place a pillow under your knees and support your neck with a pillow.
Sleeping on your stomach places the most strain on your back. If you can’t sleep any other way, reduce the strain by placing a pillow under your stomach for more support.
If you have tried all of these tips and are still waking up with an achy back, then Physical Therapy might be right for you! Here at Breakaway, our physical therapists are trained to assess posture in sleeping, standing, and any other position you can think of. We will take a deeper look into your specific needs and maybe even fit you for one of our Pillowise Pillows.
It is never too late to improve your back pain! Give us a call today at 410-721-6333 to set up an appointment with one of our experienced and skilled physical therapists. We look forward to working with you soon!