Low back pain is caused by many different things, such as work or sports-related injuries, exercise, chronic conditions, or excessive sitting or standing. It is fairly common for many adults to suffer from low back pain. While some back pain can be so severe that it requires surgery, often low back pain can be treated or alleviated through pain medication, hot and/or cold therapy, mild exercise, and proper sleep.
Disturbances in sleep can cause a range of health problems, especially low back pain. It’s essential that you are comfortable when you sleep. Sometimes, you can eliminate back pain caused from sleep simply by pillow or pillows.
If you suffer from neck pain after a night’s sleep, your pillow may be too firm or too soft. Different sleeping positions often require a certain type of pillow. Back and side sleepers benefit from pillows that are different from stomach sleepers. Knowing which type of pillow to use is important. Many pillows have labels that let you know whether they are for back sleepers, side sleepers, or stomach sleepers. You’ll also find information on firmness, material used on the inside of a pillow, and more. It might not seem like it, but the right pillow can vastly improve your sleep and lessen any strain on your spine or back.
Some other factors that affect sleep and low back pain are:
- Firmness or softness of your mattress
- Type of mattress (air, spring, memory foam, etc.)
- Position you sleep in
- Proper lumbar and leg support during sleep
It helps to talk with your health care professional to determine if outside factors are also contributing to your low back pain. He or she can also advise you on the best pillows (and mattress) for you to buy.