3 tips to help you sleep better with a bad back

18 July 2017
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog


If you have a delicate back and are suffering from back pain, it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, not sleeping well can often result in you feeling worse, as pain is exacerbated by tiredness. Here are some tips to help you get a great night's sleep even with a back issue. 

Choose the right pillow

The right pillow helps to cushion and support the neck. Often back problems can actually stem from the head and neck as the head is a heavy part of the body and poor neck position can create extra and uncomfortable forces on the neck. A supportive pillow helps to take this weight and allows your neck and head to rest at night, as well as helping to create the right curvature in the spine. The right pillow for you will depend on your spinal issues as well as the preferred sleeping position for you (i.e. side sleeping, sleeping on your back or sleeping on your front). A chiropractor can help you to choose a pillow that will suit your body.

Keep regular sleep patterns

If you are in pain, it may seem hard to get to sleep, but it's important to get into bed and get up at a similar time each day. Unfortunately, if you have trouble getting to sleep and decide to sleep in, you may find it harder to get to sleep the next night, and this can lead to a cycle of poor sleeping. Having a similar routine, such as a warm shower before bed and some reading time, can help to get your body in the best possible state for sleeping, even with back pain. 

Have regular chiropractic adjustments

If you are having trouble sleeping due to your back pain it is a good idea to have regular chiropractic adjustments. These can help to slowly adjust your spine and improve your posture over time. Regular appointments can adjust and fix small problems before you have a big crisis, which means that you will be able to sleep better. Chiropractors can also give you advice on the best mattress, mattress topper and pillow for your body so that you can create the optimal sleep environment. 

If you suffer from back pain, it is very important to get a good night's sleep. Your chiropractor can be a great resource to help you to come up with a good sleep routine and the right sleep habits, as well as providing you with regular adjustments.