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When you’re dealing with a chronic pain condition, getting good-quality sleep can seem almost impossible. But sleep is essential to overall health, as it gives your body the chance to heal and regenerate. So, what can you do to help yourself drift off comfortably? Taking a look at your sleeping position is a great place to start.

Your sleeping position can have a major impact on the health of your spine. If you sleep awkwardly, you could end up aggravating an existing condition or cause pain that you didn’t have before. Luckily, the best way to maintain a happy spine is quite simple – keep it as neutral as possible. This means keeping your spine straight, from your head to your pelvis, while you sleep. 

To help you on your journey to better sleep, we have some great guidelines for specific conditions. But remember that you may need to make adjustments depending on your body and your preferences. So, feel free to experiment until you find the right sleeping position for you. 

Best Sleeping Positions for Back Pain

When it comes to tackling back troubles, choosing the right mattress is an essential first step. But if you’re suffering from one of the following issues, it’s equally important to find the best sleeping position for back pain. Adjusting the way you sleep can go a long way to relieving pressure points and easing discomfort. 

1. Lower Back Pain 

Chronic lower back pain is an all-too common problem these days and it can be seriously debilitating. You can reduce discomfort by reclining, which tends to be the best sleeping position for lower back pain. Don’t panic – you can achieve a reclined position in a few ways:

2. Middle Back Pain

The primary cause of middle back pain is misalignment and excessive pressure on the spine. So, to sleep more comfortably, try the following positions:

3. Upper Back Pain

Improving your posture is one of the most effective ways to alleviate upper back pain. But good sleep hygiene can also go a long way to easing the strain. For a comfier night’s sleep, check out the following tips: 

4. Sciatica

Restful sleep is an important part of treating sciatica pain. But if you’re suffering from this frustrating condition, finding a comfortable sleeping position isn’t always easy. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimise your discomfort at night.

Best Sleeping Positions for Neck Pain

When it comes to neck pain, prevention is much easier than finding a cure. Some causes of neck pain, such as joints wearing over time, are difficult to control. Luckily there are ways to minimise the pain: analyzing your sleeping position is a crucial first step. 

There are two sleeping positions that are easiest on the neck – sleeping on your back or sleeping on your side. If you choose to sleep on your back, choose a rounded pillow to support the curve of your neck. You can create this shape yourself by putting a small neck roll into the pillow case of a larger, flatter pillow. Alternatively you can buy special pillows with built-in neck support and a flatter area for your head to fit comfortably. 

If you choose to sleep on your side, make spinal alignment your priority. You can achieve this by using a pillow that is higher under your neck than under your head. 

Best Sleeping Positions for Shoulder Pain

If you suffer from shoulder pain, you know how difficult it can be to get good-quality sleep. Shoulder pain can increase at night due to decreased movement and additional pressure on your joints. But if you want to improve the quality of your sleep, these positions are well worth trying:

  1. Sleep on your back: This is the best sleeping position for shoulder pain as it keeps your weight evenly distributed, your spine in the correct alignment, and reduces the amount of stress on your joints. For added support, place a pillow under your knees to keep them slightly elevated.
  1. Sleep on your good side: If you just can’t get comfortable on your back, try sleeping on the side opposite to your painful shoulder. Place a pillow between your legs to keep your hips aligned and to take pressure off your lower back. 
  1. Support your head: Keep your upper body in the correct alignment by using a supportive pillow. It will help to keep your shoulder more comfortable. You could also add a neck roll, or even a rolled up towel, to give your neck some extra support. 

Sleep Through the Night with To Better Days

So, you’ve invested in a great mattress, sorted out your sleeping position, and yet you’re still experiencing pain. This is where our active patches come in. Infused with vitamin D and dextrose, our patches are designed to deliver all-natural nutrients to joints, nerves and muscles, easing discomfort and helping the body to heal itself. 

Each patch can deliver relief that lasts for 24 hours, so you can apply a patch to the skin two to three hours before bedtime and remove it just before going to bed or leave the patch overnight for a better night’s sleep. 

[*In some cases, the adhesive in the patches can cause irritation if they are left for long periods of time or near direct sources of heat (eg. electric blankets) – so only leave them overnight if, like Doug, you know that your skin is not susceptible to irritation.]

Good-quality, restful sleep is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. So, if you find that chronic pain is affecting your nightly rest, give your sleep habits some serious consideration. Adjusting your sleeping position could have a significant impact on your comfort levels and, ultimately, could help you to wake up feeling rejuvenated rather than pain-wracked.

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