Put it in neutral. When it comes to sleep, neutral means a position that supports the funky way your spine is shaped
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
What’s the key to a restful night sleep?
Put it in neutral. When it comes to sleep, neutral means a position that supports the funky way your spine is shaped—forward curves at the neck and lower back and a backward sway in the middle. Just as there’s good standing posture, the neutral position is good sleeping posture.
That’s why there’s all the fuss over finding a mattress that keeps your spine correctly aligned and stress-free. “Imagine holding your wrist backward for a period of time. It’s unnatural and uncomfortable,” says Roger Smith, DO, a Harvard Medical School sleep expert. “Without the proper support, your spine feels the same way.”
In an article titled “Mattresses and Sleep Positions for Each Back Pain Diagnosis” by, Richard A. Staehler, MD, he states that “an important factor that can influence individual preferences for mattresses, beds, and sleeping positions is the specific back condition a person has.”
Osteoarthritis - Patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the facet joints may prefer to sleep on their sides with their knees curled up (in the fetal position). This helps open up the facet joints in the spine and can relieve any corresponding pressure. Alternatively, sleeping in a reclining chair or an adjustable bed that allows the head and knees to be elevated can also relieve pressure on the facet joints. For side sleepers the best mattress density is a soft to medium firm.
Degenerative disc disease - Patients with pain from degenerative disc disease may prefer to sleep on their stomach as this can relieve pressure on the disc space. Stomach sleepers may feel more comfortable using a relatively firm to extra firm mattress and placing a flat pillow under the stomach and hips, which can further reduce stress on the lower back.
Spinal Stenosis - People with pain from spinal stenosis may prefer to sleep on their sides with their knees curled up (in the fetal position). This helps relieve pressure on the nerve root. For this the best mattress density is also a soft to medium firm. Sleeping in a reclining chair or an adjustable bed that allows the head and knees to be elevated can also relieve pressure on the nerve.
Remember bedtime is a time to allow the distractions of the day to drop away. It is a time for relaxation. For the person living with chronic pain, it is unavoidable time alone with your pain. The pain is amplified because it is the only activity perceivable by the brain. This makes falling asleep fraught with pain perceptions.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that 2/3 of chronic pain sufferers experience sleep problems. Approximately 15% of all people have sleep problems. Compounding the problem of disturbed sleep in people who hurt is the fact that some chronic pain medications tend to disrupt sleeping patterns.
So where can you find the right mattress to alleviate your pain?
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