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Why Does Sleeping Cause Back Pain?

Sleeping can be a heavy contributor to lower back pain. This can be an internal issue, one with the mattress itself, or healthy habits. Here are some habits to be aware of that may be affecting your sleep, as well as causing you more back pain.

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How are my sleep habits, and when do I feel back pain?

If your back pain seems to begin from the moment you wake up, it can be for a few key causes. The first is the most common, which is high physical strain or significant mental stresses. These will make your sleep less restful and give you a higher probability of incurring long term pain.

Physically demanding occupations will cause you to start having more trouble sleeping and getting comfortable, since your overall pain will build up to be heavier over time. There’s not much you can do to avoid this demanding physical stress since it’s a part of your work, there are a few alternative precautions you can take, however.

Exercises to avoid back pain

Sleep is majorly affected by your activity an hour or two hours before settling down for the day. If you are able to set aside some of that time to avoid screen time and practice yoga, stretching, meditation, or some mildly strenuous exercise, you will be able to alleviate some of that back pain.

Sleeping positions

You may also be hurting your back from the position you sleep in. The best way to avoid this is to lie flat on your back and get accustomed to having that as a consistent sleeping habit. If you are prone to moving around a great deal in your sleep, adding cushions to your sides will subtly push your body to avoid turning over and moving about more. Although it may not completely stop all movement during the night, it will at least lower it to keep you in the best sleeping position to avoid back pain.

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