While my day job is selling mattresses at my store, Boise Mattress in (can you guess?) Boise, Idaho, my passion is ensuring that my customers get a good night’s sleep.
Pain and poor quality sleep go hand-in-hand. Depending on the person, though, the cause-and-effect relationship varies.
It’s the age old question of the chicken or the egg: Is pain causing bad sleep or is bad sleep causing the pain?
What Causes Pain?
Neurologist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Charles Bae MD, says, “Pain can be the main reason that someone wakes up multiple times a night, and this results in a decrease in sleep quantity and quality, and on the flip side, sleep deprivation can lower your pain threshold and pain tolerance and make existing pain feel worse.”
Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep says about the connection between proper sleeping furnishments, good sleep, and pain, “I have to investigate how old their mattress and pillows are and make sure they offer support.”
It should come as no surprise that the quality of your mattress affects back and body pain.
In addition to a supportive mattress and pillows, you can do exercises to strengthen your back. Strength training and exercise can help with pain and help you to fall asleep! Of course, if you have chronic pain and trouble sleeping, you should talk to your doctor before potentially creating a bigger issue by putting stress on your muscles.
Strengthen Your Back Muscles for Better Sleep
Once you’ve received medical clearance, start strengthening your back muscles in order to support your spine.
iGlimpse has an app called “Healthy Back Workouts” that you can purchase on Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Appstore. You can work on your upper back, your spine and core, or your posture.
If you don’t want to use an app, Real Simple has some great exercises for back strength.
Painless and Sleepful Nights
Again, make sure to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program – especially if you have pain in your back. They can give you specific instructions to keep you safe and healthy.
And if you need to replace that old mattress of yours, well, you know where to go!
Find a bed that makes you feel good,