I’m confident that you are familiar with it. You awaken in the morning, got out of bed BUT are stopped in your tracks by the stiffness and pain in your lower back or sciatic nerve. It can take a few minutes or even longer to straighten up and become more mobile again… Why is your back so stiff and painful in the morning?
Well contrary to popular belief, it’s more than likely NOT due to the bed/mattress you are sleeping on! That’s right; I feel this is a myth worth breaking, as it may save you a fortune by avoiding the unnecessary replacement of your current bed.
Additionally, there are the ones that may say you are stiff and painful first thing in the morning because of the fact you’ve moved relatively little for the past few hours. Though I would agree that there’s an element of truth in this last statement, once again I do not believe it’s likely to be the primary cause.
So why is your back painful and so stiff in the morning?
More often than not, it’s not on account of the bed itself, but rather the position you are sleeping in or what you’ve been doing the couple hours before retiring to bed that’s the problem… it’s the former which I am going to be discussing with this report.
So what is the best place for me to sleep in then?
The best position for you to embrace would primarily depend upon what is the reason for your low back/sciatic pain. However, as a guideline, the most comfortable place to sleep in is usually side lying (either side) with your bottom leg reasonably straight, and your upper leg flexed at the knee and supported by a few pillows so that this upper leg is more or less parallel with the bed.
By sleeping in this position, keeping the bottom leg straight is encouraging your lower back to be in a neutral position. With the top leg being supported by pillows, it’s preventing it from falling ‘across & down’ and consequently twisting your low back and stretching your sciatic nerve in the process.
If you were to lay on your side but forget to support your upper leg, this would place twisting stress upon the lower back that would be kept for many hours while you were asleep. Therefore it should come as no surprise that your low back or sciatic nerve may be stiff and painful first thing when you wake up.
As I alluded to above, there are other positions that could be beneficial, but this depends upon the cause of your pain, but side lying with pillows supporting your upper leg is generally a fantastic, comfortable place to get in no matter what your identification.
Additionally, it is important to realize that it may not necessarily be your sleeping posture that’s the issue, but rather the things you are doing to your lower back or sciatic nerve before going to bed. If you try different sleeping positions, including the one given here and yet you are still having difficulty sleeping, it’s likely what you are doing before going to bed can also be a problem. This will need to be assessed before thinking of replacing your bed.
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