Did you know that we spend about 25% of our lives sleeping? Now that’s a significant amount of time in our lifetime we spend getting our z’s! Occasionally, I get neck pain or back pain if I slept in an awkward position the previous night. But that’s really nothing for individuals that have to contend with pain on a daily basis. So, it makes very good sense that getting proper amounts of sleep and a good mattress are things to consider for individuals with chronic neck and back pain. Here’s a great article from the site, Spine-Health, that discusses tips on getting a good night’s sleep while contending with a specific form of physical pain.
An important factor that can influence individual preferences for mattresses, beds and sleeping positions is the specific back condition a person has. For example:
- Osteoarthritis. Patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the facet joints may prefer to sleep on their sides with their knees curled up (in the fetal position). This helps open up the facet joints in the spine and can relieve any corresponding pressure. Alternatively, sleeping in a reclining chair or an adjustable bed that allows the head and knees to be elevated can also relieve pressure on the facet joints.
- Degenerative disc disease. Patients with pain from degenerative disc disease may prefer to sleep on their stomach as this can relieve pressure on the disc space. Patients may feel most comfortable using a relatively firm mattress and placing a flat pillow under the stomach and hips, which can further reduce stress on the lower back.”
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Wow, this was an info-packed article that gave valuable sleeping tips for individuals suffering from osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, bursitis, hip pain and herniated lumbar disc. It also provided tips on selecting the best bed mattresses for your particular condition. Bottom line, getting a good night’s sleep, especially if you suffer from chronic pain, is a wonderful thing!