Reasons Why You Wake Up With Back Pain

You might wake up everyday and discover that your back is in pain. You may even wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself robbed of a good night's rest. What you're experiencing is not an uncommon phenomenon, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing you can do about it. 

Your Sleep Position

If you sleep on your stomach, this is likely the largest contributing factor to your back pain. You're better off sleeping on your side or back. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow underneath your knees. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow in-between your knees.

Your Pillow

You may simply have a pillow that doesn't adequately support your neck. You may need a new pillow, or you could use two pillows so your head is propped up enough. Another option is to buy an orthopedic pillow -- this way, your cervical spine will not be pulled out of alignment as you sleep. A cervical pillow will support the natural curves of your neck. 

Your Mattress

If you need to replace your mattress, there's little else that will alleviate your back pain. Ideally, you should replace a mattress that is 9 or more years old. However, if you have a mattress that is sagging a lot or that no longer feels comfortable, it might be contributing to your back pain. Consider getting a professional recommendation before you purchase a new mattress.

How You Sit Up

If you wake up feeling refreshed, but you start to feel pain after you crawl out of bed, the problem might simply be how you are getting out of bed. You might sit up, twist your body, and get in the proper position to get out of bed. Instead, you should scoot over to the side of the bed and use your legs to stand, rather than your back. 

Underlying Back Problems and Related Health issues

Make sure to see a chiropractor, especially if you are not able to figure out how to cure your back pain. You may have an underlying problem that can only be corrected using a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors can help you improve your sleep in general; they may be able to recommend a better sleep position, or products that will improve your sleep and alleviate back pain. You may also want to bring up your back pain with your primary care physician, since there are several causes of back pain, such as fibromyalgia and chronic inflammation.