Recently, we went to Lake Livingston for a family vacation. I’m not a “camper” so we rented a cabin on the water. The vacation was fabulous! We were able to pack the 2 kids and dog in the car for a morning hike at the state park before it got into the high 80s. My husband got to fish. My son caught his first lizard. Our dog chased every bug she saw and my daughter chased the dog. Fun was had by all.
I was so tired at the end of the first day I couldn’t wait to get into bed.
As I’m getting into bed I realize they only have 2 pillows which means I’m not going to get the second pillow between my knees. At first I was okay but about halfway through the night my hip and lower back started to ache like crazy. I had to keep flipping sides to stop the ache. Thankfully it was vacation so I was able to sleep in for a little bit.
Not getting a good night's sleep alway starts me off on the wrong foot. The whole day I’m moody and sluggish. I feel a need to load up on caffeine. I know my kids can tell if I’m tired because I’m not as playful and I’m certainly more strict. Basically when mom is tired it's no good for anyone.
Thankfully I know an amazing routine to stop my back and hip pain. Before the next day was over I did my exercise routine complete with lower back stretches, hip stretches, and core strengthening exercise so I was ready. I also roll up a towel to place between my knees to help keep my spine in neutral while I lay on my side. And it worked like a charm. The next night I got a full night's sleep. I was able to chase my kids around until they were tired.
Over the years I’ve worked with so many people that have pain in the back and hips when they lay down to sleep. In fact, many people give up on sleeping in a bed for a recliner because of pain. Unfortunately, the pain doesn’t just go away instead it steadily progresses from only while they lay down to if they stand for longer than 5 minutes.
There are several reasons why you have pain when you lay down to sleep. Most of the reasons boil down to hip muscle and weak abdominal muscles.
Here are some things to try if you are having back pain while sleeping.
But what happens if these only slightly help or worse don’t help at all? Don’t lose hope. These are not the only tips that I have to help people with back pain. It’s hard to give general information that will help everyone. That’s why I wrote an ebook on how to stop back pain. If you are looking for more information about how to stop back pain download my Free Ebook “"7 Tips To Keep Your Back From Going Out More Than You!"
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Dr. Molly McDonald