If you’re a part of the 75 to 80 percent of people who suffer from neck and back pain, this blog is for you. Pain can make getting through our days unbearable but there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Did you know the way we sleep can have a significant impact on our bodies? We all know that sleep is essential to our health, however what is equally as important is choosing the right position and pillow type. A poor sleeping position may even be the underlying cause of your pain.
Neck pain is a major health concern, with 75% of sufferers worldwide. Neck pain not only impacts your sleep but also your physical, social, and mental well-being. While some pain in your neck is caused by age-related reasons, there are actions you can take to avoid the risk.
Sleeping on your side or back can help keep your spine aligned properly so using a flatter or softer pillow is best. At Warm Things, we recommend a level 2 or 3 design. Feather pillows are also a great option as they easily conform to your body and head. Furthermore, don’t stack your pillows too high as this will increase your chances of morning pain and stiffness.
About 80% of people experience back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Pain of this nature can have a serious effect on your spine. Certain sleep positions can place extra pressure on the neck, hips, and more, ultimately causing you unnecessary back pain.
Lying on your back is actually the best way to eliminate pain as this position evenly distributes weight. It also minimizes pressure points and ensures good alignment of the head, neck, and spine. For extra support, placing a small pillow under the knees can help maintain the natural curve of the spine. We suggest using a level 2 or level 4 pillow.
What can you do?
So, in addition to purchasing the right pillow, what else can you do to say “goodnight” to pain?
1. Perfect Positioning
It is important to maintain the natural curve of the spine when lying in bed, and in order to do that, you need to find the right position. You can achieve this by ensuring the head, shoulders, and hips are in alignment, and that the back is properly supported.
2. Mattress Matters
The best type of mattress for you depends on your body type. Test out your options to find one that feels right and fits your personal preference.
3. Exercise & Stretch
Exercising regularly is a great way to improve the quality of your sleep and strengthening your core will help to ease your pain. Yoga or stretching is also a helpful alternative in reducing pain associated with sleep. Try some gentle stretches before bed and see if you notice a difference. Not only is it helpful for our bodies, but also our mind in reducing stress and helping you to sleep better.
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