Therapeutic Pillows to Prevent Back Pain from Sleeping
At some point in their lives, many people experience back pain either while sleeping or when they wake up in the morning. However, many people may, initially, not make a connection between the pain they feel and the bed they slept in or the pillows they used. However, over time, people do start to make a connection and it’s a connection worth looking into.
First and foremost, the mattress plays a huge role in the back pain we may experience while sleeping. For example, a mattress that has been used for many years is likely to sag when you sleep on it. Consequently, when you sleep on such a mattress, your body will sag as well. Regrettably, this sagging is not good for your body. Indeed, the sagging puts too much stress on the spine. Luckily, the easiest way to solve this problem is to get a new firmer mattress.
However, getting a new firm mattress may not necessarily make your back pain go away. While the pain will be reduced, your pillows also play a role in causing back pain. In fact, there are three areas where pillows matter: the cervical (or neck) region of the spine, the lumbar region of the spine, and the hips. Moreover, therapeutic pillows help alleviate pain in the cervical region, the lumbar region, and the hips.
First and foremost, pain in the cervical region is usually due to the head not being aligned with the spine. In fact, this alignment is also dependent on the sleep position. Moreover, there are three sleep positions: sleeping on the back, sleeping on the side, and sleeping on the stomach. And, in each of these sleep positions, different kinds of pillows are needed to align the head with the spine.
For example, stomach sleepers need a very thin head pillow, or even no pillow, to keep their head aligned with the spine. In fact, a pillow that is not thin, will push the head up and create stress on the cervical area of the spine.
Next, back sleepers need a neck pillow that is somewhat thicker to keep their head aligned with the spine. However, if the pillow is too thick, the pillow will push the head upward and create stress in the cervical area of the spine.
In addition, side sleepers need a neck pillow that is firm and thick enough to lift the head up, for alignment with the spine, to overcome the breadth of the shoulders.
Finally, combination sleepers, who alternate between the back and side positions, need a pillow with thick areas for sleeping on the sides, and an area that is less thick for sleeping on the back.
Next, stomach sleepers need a pillow under their pelvis area to lift the spine which relieves stress on the spine. In fact, the so called, lumbar pillows are ideal. These lumbar pillows are placed underneath the pelvis area. It’s also possible to create your own lumbar pillow by folding a big towel. However, that may not always work, especially if you move around a lot.
Lastly, sleeping on the side causes the upper leg to pull the spine out of alignment. Consequently, this puts stress on the hips and lower back. Therefore, if you are a side sleeper use a firm pillow or two between the knees. In fact, these knee pillows support the upper leg which, in turn, prevents the upper leg from pulling the spine out of alignment and reduces stress on the hips.
However, if none of these recommendations reduce the pain, it’s best to see a medical professional.