You pretty much know that feeling by now the stabbing sensation on the back, the muscle aches, and that feeling of your back burning. Yes, it is back pain, and it can be unnerving.
Back pain’s notoriety is well documented. Statistics show that 8 in 10 people will experience back pain across their lifetime, with the Global Burden of Disease study designating back pain among the prevailing triggers of disability globally.
But here is something rather amusing. Arthritis and other commonly suspected medical conditions are not the primary causes of back pain. The major culprit behind back pain is rather subtle: poor sleeping habits.
Yes, you read that right. Sleeping in the wrong positions puts strain on your back. And when such stress is sustained – say you sleep awkwardly all through the night – back pain may arise.
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Best sleeping position for back pain
To wake up fresh and vibrant (free of that nagging lower back pain), here are tested-and-proven sleeping positions you should try tonight.
1. Sleep on your side
While not adequately promoted, sleeping on your side is one of the most effective back-pain relievers.
This posture takes the strain off the back, especially when your shoulders are aligned with your ears with your chin positioned neutrally.
When adopting this sleeping position, a common error is tilting your head downward or tucking the chin into the chest. Your hands – along with your arms – should be positioned under your neck.
For improved results, you can draw your legs close to your