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Manage Night time Back Pain

Getting through the day with back pain can be tough, but when the pain revs up at night as you’re trying to sleep, it can be the last straw. It's no surprise that the National Sleep Foundation reports that about two-thirds of people who have chronic pain don’t sleep well.
So how can you get a good night’s sleep if back pain is keeping you awake? Discovering back pain relief that’s effective for you may take some trial and error. In some cases, it might be as simple as getting a new mattress, or adding or changing pillows so that you’re sleeping in a more comfortable position.
Find the Right Formula for Back Pain Relief
Here are some ideas for getting better sleep with back pain:
  • Try a body pillow.
  •  Physiotherapist and back pain expert Malton A. Schexneider, PT, MMSc, says that many people with back pain do well with a body pillow for support. “Use a body pillow, about 5 to 6 feet in length, but use it effectively," he says. "Place it between your knees, allowing it to rest along your trunk so you’re in a semi-sidelined position.” This will take some pressure off your back. 
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  • Use a bed pillow properly. “Pillows should be supporting the neck, not the shoulders, so no shoulders should be on the pillow," says Schexneider. "Shoulders should be on the mattress." He also recommends using a water pillow, which fills with about 5 quarts of water, instead of a traditional foam or feather-filled pillow.

Discovering What Works for You
Diane Penna of Pollack Pines, Calif., has been living with back pain for many years. She says that part of her problem at night is the location of the pain. “My pain is mostly on the left side, my preferred side to sleep on, so when I naturally roll over to that side in the middle of the night, I’ll wake up from the pain and have to move to another position," she explains. At this point, she often uses a heating pad, which helps relax the back muscle spasms and helps her get back to sleep.
If you’re like Penna and find yourself turning over onto your painful side, you can try putting a pillow behind your back to keep you from rolling over. This is a trick used by nurses in the hospital when they want a patient to stay in one position.
Tips for Good "Sleep Hygiene"
Michael Rack, MD, medical director of Somnus Sleep Clinic in Flowood, Miss., suggests that people with back pain remember the rules of what he calls good “sleep hygiene.” His suggestions include:
  • Avoid alcohol, especially near bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, at least 8 hours prior to bedtime.
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment that’s cool, quiet, and comfortable.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications for insomnia.
If sleep is still elusive, you should talk with your primary care doctor about other approaches to back pain relief.
Articale Source-http://www.everydayhealth.com.
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