If that new mattress hasn't quite molded to your frame, this guide will grant relief from back pain so you can get some well deserved sleep.
- Step 1: See a doctor or chiropractic specialist if the back pain persists or gets worse after changing your mattress or sleeping patterns. Don't let sore muscles get in the way of a good night's sleep!
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- TIP: Never sleep on your stomach as this puts pressure on the lower spine.
- Step 2: Use a leg pillow between your knees when you sleep on your side, or prop your legs up if you like sleeping on your back.
- Step 3: Use a down-filled or foam mattress pad to soften up that stiff mattress and allow your spine and back to flex and be cradled better.
- Step 4: Rotate your mattress often, at least twice a year, to reduce wear and stop those pesky pressure points that cause back pain.
- Step 5: Consider buying a medium firm mattress that allows the spine to flex and the mattress to conform to it. Don't buy anything too soft or you won't get enough support.