How to Sleep With Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

If you’re known for saying “my back hurts,” you’re not alone.

In fact, between 10% to 40% of people will experience sciatica in their lifetime. Even more people will develop some form of low back pain. There’s no difference in incidence between men and women, and it rarely occurs before the age of 20.

There are many amazing facts about sciatica and back pain, but what you really want to know is how to sleep with lower back pain and sciatica. One of the worst parts of suffering from these problems is the sleep that it steals from you.

Keep reading to find out how you can not only sleep with back pain but how to start managing your sciatica immediately.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

If you’ve done research on sciatica and lower back pain before, then you know that the first five or six “treatments” include medicines like opioid or non-opioid painkillers, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants to treat neurogenic pain, oral corticosteroids, or even corticosteroid injections.

Those will treat pain, but not solve the problem. It’s a chemical solution, not a structural one.

To treat a structural problem, you have to take a structural approach to treat your back pain. That includes having good (or better) posture, training yourself on better (safer) ways to move, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and possibly even surgery.

The Importance of Sleep

When you don’t get good sleep, though, it makes it an even bigger problem. Chemicals that your body produces as byproducts build up over the course of a day, causing inflammation. Sleeping removes them from your cerebral spinal fluid and other places, reducing inflammation.

Inflammation is one of the leading causes of nerve impingement. Granted, inflammation itself is being caused by a number of other factors. Those can be small fractures in the vertebrae, herniated disks, vertebral misalignment, and more.

How to Get to Sleep

To get good sleep, even when you’re sleeping with lower back pain and sciatica, there are a number of approaches to try. What follows is a list of some of the most effective methods people have used in the past.

  • Get a mattress with a good balance between comfort and support
  • Find the right sleeping position (which might involve a body pillow)
  • Exercise your core muscles (hips, low back, pelvis, and abdomen) but don’t overdo it
  • Try some simple and easy stretches before going to bed
  • Get in and out of bed using gravity, not fighting it
  • Using medication to get good sleep, but not relying on it to solve your problem
  • Reduce your stress without relying on alcohol
  • Only using the bed to sleep in (instead of reading, watching TV, or working)

How to Sleep With Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

Now that you know how to live and how to sleep with lower back pain and sciatica, don’t wait another night to get relief. Get started now to make the most out of all of your “tomorrows” to come!

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