Did you know that lower back pain is the second largest cause of people missing work and the third largest cause of surgery? Americans spend up to $50 billion to seek back pain relief. Apart from missing work and low productivity, back pain causes sleep disturbance and other serious consequences. Skeletal infections can cause back pain, but the most common cause is strain either from poor posture, poor sleeping position, and bad mattress or bed.
With this in mind, here are four bedroom improvements that can get rid of back pain;
1. Good mattress
A mattress can make or break your back quite literally. If you have a heavy density mattress, you can be sure of stiff and hurting back every morning. On the other hand, if there is no density on your mattress, your back will not have any support. There is a central place where a mattress can be firm but not hard. If all else fail, invest in an orthopedic mattress. It’s also important to know that as a mattress ages, it loses its support so you should replace it every couple of years.
2. Proper bed
The mattress typically dictates the comfort of your bed because most beds are just frames. However, for someone who is struggling with nocturnal back pain, you might need to look into a different kind of bed. Hospital beds come to mind because they have an adjustable head and foot so you can adjust them to align your back better. You can also go for a water bed because it’s comfortable and soothing. The best bed for back pain is determined by the ergonomic frame, as well as the mattress.
3. Supportive pillows
Night back pain can be so frustrating because you are trying to sleep, but the pain won’t let you. One way to reduce the pain is by using supportive pillows to align the spine better. For back sleepers, you can place a pillow under your knees. If you are a side sleeper, put a pillow between your knees or legs. Stomach sleepers can also set a pillow under the stomach so your spine will be straight. Make sure the pillows are firm but not hard.
4. Heat therapy
While cold is not the cause, there is a significant connection between cold and pain when it comes to your back. Keeping your room warm is one of the best ways to reduce back pain. You can invest in a heater for the whole room or a warm blanket that connects to your power outlet. A heat pad will also come handy if the pain is too much.
These bedroom improvements can help ease the pain and maybe even get rid of it. However, you have to remove all other causes of back pain, including sedentary lifestyle, overexerting yourself, and poor nutrition. Smoking, poor posture, and drugs don’t help either. Getting rid of back pain is a collective effort in every area of your life, and getting your doctor involved as well.