7 Tips to Sleep Better When You Have Back Pain

Apr 14, 2023 • Luna Blanket

If you struggle with back pain, then you know just how difficult it can be to get a good night's sleep. Not only can it be uncomfortable to lie down, but it can also disrupt your sleep quality and leave you feeling groggy in the morning.

Here are some of the best tips to help you get better sleep if you have back pain.

1. Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your side can help alleviate back pain by reducing pressure on your spine. Choosing the right pillow to keep your head and neck in a neutral position is important. Many people also find relief when placing a pillow between the knees, as this helps align the hips and reduce pressure on the lower back.

2. Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back can also be beneficial for back pain, as it helps distribute your weight evenly across your body. Same as side sleepers, make sure you have a pillow that supports your neck and keeps the spine in a neutral position. In this position, many may find placing a pillow under the knees to help alleviate pressure on the lower back.

3. Choose the right mattress

The right mattress can make a big difference in reducing back pain. Look for one that provides support for your spine and allows your body to sink in slightly for pressure relief. A medium-firm mattress is generally the best option for people with back pain.

4. Avoid sleeping on your stomach

Sleeping on your stomach can cause strain on your neck and spine, which can exacerbate back pain. If you prefer sleeping on your stomach, try placing a pillow under your hips to help reduce pressure on your lower back.

5. Use a supportive knee pillow

A supportive knee pillow can help alleviate back pain by keeping supporting the natural curvature of your spine, and easing the pressure off the lower back. Luna's Orthopedic Knee pillow can easily tuck between the knees thanks to its responsive foam so you can sleep in your most comfortable position.

6. Stretch before bed

Stretching before bed can help alleviate back pain by loosening tight muscles and improving flexibility. Gentle stretches such as hamstring stretches, knee-to-chest stretches, and piriformis stretches can be helpful for easing those muscles that often tighten around the lower back.

7. Use heat therapy

Applying heat to your back can help reduce pain and stiffness. You can use a hot water bottle, heating pad, or take a warm bath before bed.

While back pain can make it difficult to get a good night's sleep, there are several ways you can alleviate pain and get the rest you need. By sleeping on your side or back, choosing the right mattress, avoiding sleeping on your stomach, using a supportive pillow, stretching before bed, and using heat therapy, you can reduce pain and wake up feeling more rested. If your back pain persists, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for additional guidance and support.

CoolLuxe™ Orthopedic Knee Pillow

CoolLuxe™ Orthopedic Knee Pillow

The ergonomic foam insert is made with premium CertiPUR-US® Proprietary Responsive Memory Foam, which contours perfectly to your body to accommodate all sleep positions and allows for maximum comfort.

The soft, outer cover fabric is made of 300gsm double-knit jacquard, high-density polyethylene on top double-knit jacquard CoolLuxeTM material for that liquid-like, ultra-soothing feeling. Cooling polyethylene fibers are woven with cooling nylon to help create a fabric that is cool to the touch and disperses body heat to keep you cool. 

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