No less than 80% of all adults struggle with low back pain that starts early in the morning. Waking up to pain is not the best start to the day. The cause is often overburdening of the spine and the surrounding tissues. This, in turn, is often caused by a bad bed or mattress.
How can you prevent back pain in the morning?
Nighttime is when your body recovers from your daily activities such as exercising, sitting or lifting. However, if you have a bad bed with the wrong mattress, your body cannot relax enough. Your muscles are more likely to become tense, resulting in poor sleep.
If your pelvis, spine and neck are not sufficiently supported while you sleep, you will not rest well at night, which can cause damage around the spine. This can even lead to chronic back pain. A good mattress and pillow are therefore a must. Low back pain in the morning is usually a signal that you need a new mattress.
Of course, many people have back problems during the day as well. The cause often lies in overburdened back muscles due to incorrect posture. Your back muscles then struggle to support and protect themselves. A good posture is necessary in order not to put pressure on the intervertebral discs. Of course, going to sleep with back pain can also disturb your sleep.
An incorrect posture while you sleep can also cause back pain. Sleeping on your stomach is the most stressful sleep position as the spine does not form a nice S-shaped curve and sags instead. The neck is twisted, which causes neck pain. Lying on your side is the most natural sleep position, provided you have a good mattress and bed base. In this position, the spinal vertebrae form a horizontal line. Lying on your back is also a healthy sleep position as this way, there is the most contact between the body and the mattress.
Conclusion? A good (simply put, adapted to your needs) bed and pillow, a good posture at work and a correct sleep position reduce the risk of back problems. Sufficient exercise of course always helps too.