A lot of patients who experience lower back pain do so because either their core isn’t strong enough or because of hormones. For instance, many of our female patients get lower back pain flare-ups during their menstrual cycles or even pregnancy. If you are having a hard time falling asleep at night because your lower back pain is so bad, then we have a few suggestions for you.
Do Some Stretching
One of the best things you can do for any pain is to stretch. If you have gone to physical therapy for your lower back pain, they probably showed you some basic stretches that you can do throughout the day. If you haven’t been consistent with doing these stretches, then now is the time to do so.
Do Some yoga
Another form of stretching and strengthening that you can do is yoga. Yoga is suitable for all parts of the body but especially the lower back. When you make motions like child pose, downward dog, and cobra, you can gently stretch your lower back without putting too much of a strain on it. Plus, yoga can also be a great way to unwind after a long day so that you get a restful nights sleep.
Get a Leg Pillow
Often, our head is more supported than the rest of our body while we sleep. Although this sort of elevation can be restful, it can also place a lot of strain on your lower back. If you sleep on your side, try either getting a leg pillow or putting a pillow between your legs while you are sleeping. This added support will take the stress off of your lower back and will hopefully help you fall asleep better.
Lower back pain can be chronic and feel debilitating. If you want to learn a little bit more about how you can find some pain relief, contact our office at (219) 795-3360.