If back pain is stopping you from enjoying a good night’s sleep, now’s the time to take action. Did you know that as well as making you feel tired and irritable the next day, a shortage of shuteye can have major consequences for your long-term health? Prolonged poor sleep can increase your risk of a range of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
What can you do about it?
Of course, it’s one thing wanting to prevent back problems from getting in the way of satisfying slumber, but how exactly can you achieve this? One top tip is to improve your bed. For example, a supportive mattress is a must if you suffer from back pain. You might also benefit from getting an adjustable bed that enables you to change your sleeping position. For example, if you like to rest on your back, elevating your legs slightly can help you to maintain the natural curve in your spine. For added pain relief, you could get a model that comes with an in-built massage function. The designs available from Adjustable Beds feature NHC Cyclo-Therapy technology, which has proven pain relieving effects.
You can also take over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to help reduce your discomfort, or if your pain is severe, ask your doctor about the option of taking stronger medicines. Some people also find that using hot or cold compression packs before bed gives them a better chance of sleeping through the night. Try to stay active during the day too. This will make you feel more tired by the time you hit the hay, and regular exercise can also help to strengthen your muscles, improve your posture and lessen pain.
Know when it’s time to see your GP
If after trying these things you still find you’re unable to get a decent night’s rest, it could be time to book an appointment with your GP. Suffering in silence won’t solve the problem and your overall health and wellbeing could deteriorate.
It’s also vital to see a medical specialist if you experience other symptoms in relation to your back pain, including a very high temperature, a swelling in your back, unexplained weight loss, pain in your chest, a loss of bowel or bladder control or numbness around your genitals. This could be a sign of something potentially serious, so it is important to get checked out as soon as possible.