The situation in the modern world is such that many people face the consequences of diseases of the spine, in particular osteochondrosis. Moreover, with age, the percentage of those suffering from this disease is steadily increasing. Therefore, the issue of treatment and prevention of pain in the neck and back is becoming increasingly popular. One of the important aspects of this problem is proper sleep. Since a person spends almost a third of his life in bed, the quality of sleep largely determines how he feels throughout the day.
Those who have already experienced the unpleasant consequences of the disease need to know how to sleep properly with osteochondrosis. And those who would like to avoid discomfort during a night’s rest should take care of the place of sleep in advance: a well-arranged bed will allow you to keep your spine healthy for as long as possible.
Why does neck pain occur?
To begin with, it is worth figuring out: what kind of pain in the neck happens and what is the reason for the occurrence of such a disease as osteochondrosis. This ailment is a dystrophic and degenerative changes in cartilage that are not associated with inflammatory processes. And although it can affect almost all joints, intervertebral discs suffer the most during the course of the disease. Depending on the place of occurrence of the disease, it can be divided into several subspecies:
And although earlier only older people noted pain in the neck and other parts of the spine, now signs of osteochondrosis are increasingly found in young people. As a rule, these characteristic pains in the spinal region occur in those who lead a sedentary or sedentary lifestyle, spending a lot of time at the computer and office desk. Such people, in addition to pain symptoms, usually note their poor sleep and the inability to sleep well during the night.
Among the causes of this disease, one can also note a genetic predisposition, back injuries, flat feet, overweight, bad habits, and even being in prolonged stress. If possible, these factors should be eliminated from your life or their impact on the body should be minimized as much as possible. Very often, one negative factor can affect several vital areas at once. So, for example, excess weight is dangerous not only by overloading all joints, but also by a violation of metabolic processes in the body. Which again negatively affects the general condition of the cartilage tissue.
Another important factor that can cause pain in the neck or any other part of the spine is a poorly chosen bed and incorrect body position during sleep.
How to sleep with pain in the neck and back
Regardless of the type of osteochondrosis, there are some common symptoms — aching pain in the spine, muscle spasms, numbness, pain in the limbs.
In addition, each type of disease has its own specific features.
Damage to the vertebrae of the neck usually leads to pain in the forearms, shoulder girdle and migraines. In advanced cases, disorders in the vertebral artery may develop, which are characterized by a burning sensation in the head, tinnitus and dizziness. To help your body as much as possible, you should:
choose to sleep on your back or on your side;
completely refuse to sleep on the stomach (in extreme cases, put a low pillow under the chest area);
sleep on a hard and elastic bed, do not use a spring or too soft mattress;
use a small pillow of medium softness for the head and neck — the shoulders should not rest on the pillow.
This type of disease is characterized by sharp stabbing sensations in the chest area, which can also be given to other parts of the body. Then it is necessary:
avoid sleeping on your back, since pressure on the affected cartilage can significantly increase pain;
choose to sleep on your side and stomach;
equip the bed with a medium hard mattress;
buy a small orthopedic pillow.
This type of disease is characterized by pain in the lumbar region and sacrum, which usually radiates to the legs and pelvis. Key recommendations:
choose a sleeping position on your back;
to relax the lower back, place a comfortable roller or pillow under it, which will eliminate muscle tension in the affected area;
use a roller under the knees — this will help relieve tension from the muscles and pain in the spine.
Getting rid of pain — useful tips for good sleep
For those who care about their health or have just entered the initial stage of the disease, the following recommendations can be given.
Do not sleep on a bed that is too soft. Despite the apparent comfort of such sleep, the spine in these conditions unnaturally curves, and many hours of rest causes significant pain in the back and neck.
You should also not buy a very hard mattress. It completely prevents the body from sinking into the material, bends the spine and causes pain not only in the joints, but throughout the body.
The bed must be equipped with a special orthopedic mattress, the design of which “adjusts” to the human body. There are different types of it depending on the weight of the person, the required size and other parameters.
The quality of the pillow is also extremely important for good sleep. It is better to purchase a low orthopedic pillow complete with a mattress. It has the optimal size and softness. The comfort of the neck will be provided by a special cushion, which often comes with the pillow.
Avoid sleeping on a cot, hydro mattress, or hammock. Even one night spent in such conditions can lead to severe pain and negative consequences for the spine.
In addition to choosing the right bed, you must not forget about physiotherapy exercises, massage, manual and physiotherapy, spinal traction and other therapeutic methods. However, they should be prescribed only by a specialist after a detailed study of the current state of health of a particular patient.
Sitting at the table, you can not slouch: you must try to keep your neck and back straight. If you stay in one position for a long time, you need to rise from time to time and do a little warm-up.
Thus, getting rid of pain in the neck and other uncomfortable sensations with osteochondrosis is quite realistic. At the same time, a properly organized sleeping place is one of the most important factors in combating the symptoms of the disease. In such a bed, sleep will be deep, and awakening is always pleasant.