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Sleepy and Back Pain?!

Back Pain

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:


Side Sleep

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!


Back Sleep

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!

Caroline McDaniel

Caroline McDaniel

Caroline was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta and if you listen closely, you will hear her fun accent “yawl”. She loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.  She attended Auburn University for her Bachelors in Exercise Science (WAR EAGLE!) and then went on to get her DPT from University of Mississippi Medical Center. She became interested in Women’s Health during PT school, where she saw the amazing changes to the body that can happen with this type of treatment. Exploring the outdoors is her favorite and she is excited to see more of the Maryland area. She has taken many yoga and barre classes, which helps further her ideas for her patients. Reading books keeps her mind and energy going, as well as her competitive spirit of how many books can she read in a year?! How many can you read? 
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