Are you sleeping with the enemy? Yes, we mean sleeping with back pain!
Leading busy and active lives, back pain is something you sometimes just can’t avoid.
As sleep is the body’s restorative time, choosing the best mattress for a bad back as well as following a couple of our golden rules can help to not only ease pain, but to give sore joints and muscles a chance to heal for good.
Sleep with a hottie
While an ice pack is recommended for immediate muscular injury, heat packs can help relax the muscles and increase blood flow to an affected area. Soothe inflamed and tired backs by taking a hot water bottle to bed with you. Not only will it help you cope with the winter weather, you could also be doing your sore shoulders and lower vertebrae a much-needed favour.
Choose the right mattress for you
Investing in a good mattress is key to spinal and muscular health. While each person’s back problems may be different, choosing a quality mattress with the right support and comfort is key to a good night’s sleep and a chance at restoration.
A good mattress will relieve your pain by keeping your spine in alignment and relieving pressure in your joints.
Assume the position
Tummy sleepers – studies have shown it is the worst position for spinal health. Not only does it force your neck into a rotation, causing back pain between the shoulders, it is believed that sleeping on your stomach can flatten the natural curve of your spine. If you are a tummy sleeper – try placing a pillow beneath your pelvis to ease the strain.
Sleeping in the foetal position – on your side with your knees raised towards your chest – is believed to be the healthiest sleep position. To maximise the greatness, side-sleepers, try sleeping with a pillow between your knees.
Meanwhile, back sleepers can all benefit by placing a pillow under their knees to help maintain that beautiful lower spinal curve.
Stretch and meditate before bed
Relaxation approaches before bed are not only beneficial for muscular tension but also a good way to wind down mentally after a busy day. Try some deep breathing exercises, visualising each muscle in your body relaxing as you go, or do some bedtime yoga to relax before you catch some zeds. Another option for the time-poor (or the meditation-sceptics) is to use a lavender-scented body wash in a nice, hot shower to soothe your muscles and your mind.
Seize the day
Over-resting a sore back can create muscle stiffness and make back pain worse. So get up, get moving, squeeze in a gentle workout before work and put your best foot forward. Throughout the day be sure to go for a walk, have a stretch, take the stairs and try to break up concentrated amounts of time slouched over a desk.
Greywing mattresses use pressure relief materials. In fact, there are three layers – natural latex for firmness and bounce, memory foam for comfort, and a base of support foam so that you don’t sink too deeply into the mattress.
By choosing a Greywing mattress, and following a few of our hot tips, you can limit your back’s soreness and improve the quality of your sleep tonight, so that you can be the best version of yourself tomorrow.
Please note that, while we are very wise experts at making dreams a reality at Greywing, we are not doctors, so please do not consider anything we say as “medical advice”. That being said, many of our customers have said Greywing has help relieved their back pain immensely, which you can read more about here.