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Is My Bed The Cause Of My Back Pain?

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Can Beds Cause Back Pain – Advice From A Chiropractor

Its that time of year when you want to pull up the covers and hide under the duvet, but did you know that research by the British Chiropractic Association has found that 27% of women and 24% of men have stated that their back pain was brought on by a night’s (so-called) rest.

The cold weather may make you want to go into hibernation but remember your bed should be the place where you can rest, recharge and refresh and not wake up feeling worse.

Is My Bed The Cause Of Back Pain?

So how do you make sure that your bed isn’t the cause of your back pain?

Sleep is essential to maintain your body’s natural rhythm, but too much time in bed can play havoc with your spine. We all move about naturally when we are asleep however when awake or just dozing in bed we tend to stay still.

When you are lying still your back stiffens and is more prone to injury when you get up. If you are in bed and awake try to avoid being in the same position for too long, even an initially comfy position can load your joints if held for ages.

A common misconception is that if you are suffering from back pain the best cure is bed rest – that is not the case, bed rest can actually slow your recovery. A lie-in is not always good for you but if you want to make the time you spend in bed as beneficial as possible try following these guidelines.

Make sure you sleep in a comfortable position, preferably on your side, or if not then on your back, lying on your front will place undue strain on your neck as you will have to twist it to one side.

Your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your neck should be in line with the rest of your back so make sure your pillows are not too deep, ideally one pillow if you sleep on your back, or two thinner pillows if sleeping on your side.

If your bed it too hard your spine will bow, if it is too soft it will sag. Another misconception is that a really hard bed is good for your back but at least a hard bed can be padded with blankets, quilts or mattress toppers, a too-soft mattress is more difficult to remedy, ideally your bed should be firm but supportive.

Turn your mattress regularly, at least every couple of months, this will help to keep it in good condition and will spread the wear on it. Make sure there are two of you to do this as turning a heavy double or larger mattress by yourself could cause you to injure your back.

If you share your bed with someone very restless their excess movement may aggravate your back! Sometimes (dare I say it) it can be better to have separate beds if your partner’s sleeping habits are causing you back pain.

Make sure you drink enough water during the day, as dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, keep a glass of water by the bed; if you sleep with your mouth open this can also lead to dehydration.

If you or your partner snore; get it checked, snoring can be a sign of health problems and will certainly lead to poor sleep for either or both of you.

Good night…. Sleep well and if you have any questions relating to sleep, or any problems with your back or joints feel free to call the clinic and we will be happy to chat.

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evelyne ohare head of practice chiropracter in west dorset bridport chiropractic centre West Dorst

Evelyne O’Hare – Chiropractor

Evelyne O’Hare wrote this “Can Beds Cause Back Pain” post in the West Dorset Adjustments For Life Blog.

She is an accredited member of the (BCA). After graduating from the European Chiropractic College in 2007 she went on to study for a master’s in animal chiropractic treatment before opening her practice in Bridport.

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