Sleep Better With Lower Back Pain

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What Causes Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is the number one cause of disability around the world. It’s not usually caused by serious medical issues like arthritis or cancer, and it can be chronic or acute. There are congenital causes of lower back pain like skeletal irregularities such as scoliosis, or spina bifida. However, if you have lower back pain, it’s more likely due to an injury such as a sprain or traumatic injury from sports, a car accident, or other types of accidents like falling off of a ladder or even tripping and landing the wrong way.

As you get older, you may contract lower back pain from various degenerative problems like spondylosis or inflammatory diseases. You may also experience lower back pain due to nerve and spinal cord problems. Some of these include a herniated or ruptured disc, infections involving the vertebrae, or osteoporosis. There are some non-spine sources of lower back pain including kidney stones, fibromyalgia, or even pregnancy. If you have lower back pain, it’s best to consult a doctor to find out the reason. It could be treatable. A lot of times, it will go away on its own, and for some people, it’s always there to some degree.

If TMJ or bruxism is causing you to wake up clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep, it may be harder to get back to sleep if you have lower back pain. In that case, using a sleep mouth guard like the CustMbite Nightguard can be in your best interests.

Best Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain

You may have been told there’s only one position to sleep in if you have lower back pain—flat on your back. While this is an option, the fact is, there are comfortable positions you can sleep in, whether you prefer to sleep on your back, side, or even your stomach.

  1. On your back. You may find comfort lying flat on your back. If necessary, wedge small pillows into your sides near your lower back to provide further support. You could also invest in an adjustable bed and sleep with your upper half slightly inclined, or you could sleep flat with a pillow under your knees and a small, rolled towel under your lower back. These various sleep positions all help to align and reduce the pressure on your spine.
  2. On your side. You can sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. One whole side of your body should make contact with the mattress, and if there are gaps, like at your waist or wrist, use a small pillow to provide support. This aligns your hips, pelvis, and spine to reduce pressure on your lower back. You can also sleep in a fetal position, especially if you have a herniated disc. Curling your torso in this manner opens spaces between the vertebrae to reduce nerve pain. Whichever side sleeping position you choose, be sure to switch sides from night to night to prevent imbalances or even scoliosis.
  3. On your stomach. You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t sleep on your stomach if you have back pain, but many people find this to be the only way they can get comfortable. The trick is to pay attention to your neck. You may not even want to use a pillow for your head if you sleep on your stomach, or you may want a relatively flat pillow. Keep your neck in alignment, and tuck a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen to relieve the pressure on your back.

How can the CustMbite Nightguard help me sleep better?

If you suffer from both back pain and teeth grinding or clenching, a mouth guard for bruxism can help. We’ve worked with dental professionals to develop our patented VistaMaxx material for the CustMbite Nightguard, which is more comfortable than other nightguards on the market. That’s because the VistaMaxx material is strong enough to prevent harm to your teeth or jaw when you are grinding your teeth without being thick and bulky. This  makes it easier to wear all night because you can breathe easily. You can even talk or drink while wearing them, so there’s no need to take them off and put them back on once you’re in bed for the night.

How can I get my own CustMbite Nightguard?

If you need a nightguard for teeth grinding and clenching, choose the affordable, easy-to-use CustMbite Nightguard. The trays are custom-moldable to your teeth. All you need to mold them is a microwave, a bowl of cold water, and a couple of minutes. Better yet, if you’re having dental work, you don’t need to worry about purchasing a new mouth guard. Our sleep mouth guard can be remolded as many times as needed without losing effectiveness. Order your own CustMbite Nightguard today and see what a difference it can make, no matter which position you choose to sleep in.

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