Nighttime back pain is a type of lower back pain that affects a small percentage of people. Nighttime back pain, or nocturnal back pain, occurs when lower back pain doesn’t stop even when a person is lying down. No matter what adjustments a person makes, the pain keeps getting worse. Keep reading to discover the various causes and treatment options.
Nighttime Back Pain Causes
There are several things that can cause nighttime back pain. Disc degeneration is one of the most common causes. As we age, our spinal discs begin to naturally break down. While not everyone will experience pain, the loss of extra cushioning between vertebrae can be painful for some. Other causes include previous injuries, scoliosis, kidney stones, pregnancy, endometriosis, and arthritis.
Nighttime Back Pain Relief
Sleep on a firm mattress
Changing the firmness of your mattress can make a world of a difference for your back.
Invest in high-quality pillows
Invest in a pillow that is the correct height to keep your spine aligned. Side and back sleepers often opt for thicker pillows, while stomach sleepers choose thinner ones.
Adjust your sleeping position
If you’re sleeping on your side, put a pillow in between your legs to help support your spine. If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees to give the natural curve of your back more support.
Relax with epsom salts
Adding a cup of epsom salts to your hot bath will help soothe any sore muscles and help relax you before you go to sleep.
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