In this article, you’ll learn and discover if your pillow and mattress causing you poor sleep and chronic pain.
Getting a good night’s sleep is supposed to leave you feeling fully recharged and rejuvenated for the day ahead of you, but do you sometimes wake up in the morning with a sore back and aching joints? Unless you have a diagnosed back problem, or suffer from arthritis, waking up with aches and pains from sleep can be frustrating and confusing.
There are many reasons for experiencing back pain or stiffness and aching joints in the morning, and it is important that you work out what is causing your morning discomfort so you can do something about it and get back to restful and rejuvenating sleep. Here is our quick guide to some of the most common causes of soreness from sleep, and how you can address them.
Is Your Sleeping Position the Problem?
Most people will fall asleep in roughly the same position every night, and this position will have an effect on your body. Not all sleeping positions are the same, and how your body is positioned when you fall asleep at night may explain your discomfort in the morning.
Some people sleep on their stomachs, and these people are the most likely to experience lower back and joint pain, as this sleeping position will slowly pull their spine out of alignment. Also, sleeping on your stomach often causes people to contort and twist their bodies while they sleep, which is less restful and can cause poor circulation, making joints stiff in the morning.
Most experts recommend ‘stomach sleepers’ try to prop themselves onto their side to sleep, using a spare pillow to stop them rolling back onto their stomachs.
Is Your Mattress Too Old, Too Hard, or Too Soft?
By far the biggest reason for having a sore back or joints after sleep is sleeping on the wrong type of mattress for you, or one that is old and should be replaced.
Check your mattress and replace it if it’s over 5 years old. An old mattress cannot give your body the support it needs while you sleep and will often give you a poor night’s sleep. You should also check how hard and firm your mattress is.
Most people will opt for a softer mattress, but your body needs firmer support; especially as you get older. If you wake up in the morning feeling stiff with a bad back, then it is highly likely your mattress is too soft for you, and you should consider replacing it with one that is firmer and offers you more support.
Memory foam has become a popular addition to top of the line mattresses. This soft and luxurious substance can contour itself to the shape of your body, offering extra support while you sleep.
Pillows Can Be the Source of Your Problems
You may have addressed your sleeping position, and even invested in a new and more supportive mattress, and still, experience back and neck pain in the mornings. The wrong pillow can literally be a pain in the neck.
Choosing the right pillow can be difficult. The thickness of the pillow or pillows is the most important factor. If you sleep on your side, you may need thicker pillows to give your head extra support, whereas back and stomach sleepers will need a thinner pillow to give their head and shoulders the support they need while they sleep.
Maybe the Bed is the Problem
An old bed frame can sometimes be the cause of discomfort while you sleep, so check your bed’s ‘foundation’ to make sure you and your mattress and pillows are correctly supported through the night.
If your bed has seen better days (and nights), then it may be time to buy a whole new bed to put your up-to-date mattress and pillows on. A shaky or creaking bed may be causing your back and joint pain by not giving the mattress the foundation it needs to support your body effectively.
A bad night’s sleep can be tough to deal with, and if you have repeated bad rests coupled with joint and back pain, it can start to affect your waking life.
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