It seems like you’ve tried EVERYTHING for your barking back.
And sometimes, you stumble on something that seems to work.
For a little while.
But then it happens. The pain comes back – maybe worse than ever. Some days, it’s so bad you can barely get out of bed.
If it’s any consolation, there are a LOT of people in the same boat… or in this case, the same bed. At any given time, some 31 million Americans are battling the unique agony of low back pain.
And overall, eight in 10 Americans suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.
It’s a leading cause of missed work, disability, and, let’s face it, just plain MISERY.
But many of those cases share something in common. And it’s something that gets almost no attention at all.
The TRUE cause of back pain [how to FIX it]
If you have back pain during the day, the real problem could actually be something that happens at night.
Specifically, how you sleep.
According to one survey, 10 percent of Americans sleep on their backs. But sleeping on your back can contort your spine and pull on muscles as you sleep. And that can lead to… you guessed it… back pain the next day.
Are you a stomach sleeper? You are part of another crowd, which includes around 16 percent of sleepers. And you’re not off the hook either.
Your favorite sleep position could be setting you up for daytime back pain too. Stomach sleeping pulls on those same muscles.
“Well, I must be OK then,” you might be thinking. “I don’t sleep on my back OR my stomach – I sleep on my side.”
You’ve got plenty of company, with three out of four sleepers sharing that position.
But it turns out you’re not in the clear, either. That’s because most side sleepers tend to curl up tightly in a near-fetal position. Sure, it may feel comfortable as you’re falling asleep. But laying in that position for hours can over-stretch your back muscles.
In fact, one of the MOST common causes of lower back pain is a pulled back muscle from over-stretching it while you sleep.
The RIGHT way to sleep to avoid the hurt
So what sleep position is the best for folks with chronic back pain?
- Sleep on your side with a pillow tucked between your knees. This aligns your hips, pelvis, and spine protecting against stretching and pulling your back at night
- Stop tucking in tightly, instead keep your body more elongated when you sleep
- Make sure your pillow is the right size… your neck should be straight, not bent. You can find special side-sleeper pillows online or in your local bedding store.
Most of the time, making these simple adjustments will slash your back pain OVERNIGHT. But if it takes you a few nights (or more, habits are hard to break) to master them, you don’t have to grin and bear the pain.
In the meantime, try a natural pain-relieving remedy instead. Topical ointments made with MSM, capsaicin, and/or menthol (or better yet, all three) are a good choice.