Too Much Time in Bed Could Be Hurting Your Back
How much time do you spend in bed each day? We’re talking about more than just time spent sleeping. How often are you in bed watching TV, texting on your phone, typing on your laptop, or reading a book?
For people who love the relaxation and comfort a bed provides, spending 12-14 hours in bed each day (sleep included) is easy. The problem, however, is that while you’re getting cozy, your spine is slipping into unnatural alignments. Unbeknownst to most, your bed might be the source of the back pain you’re experiencing.
Chiropractic care can be a noninvasive, natural way to alleviate back pain associated with too much time spent in bed. Symmetry Health Center provides expert chiropractic care in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda, CA, to help in correcting misalignments you may have suffered.
What’s the problem with being in bed?
A chief reason for spinal compression in bed is the fact that most beds provide little to no lumbar (lower back) support. Often, people pick the softest mattress, which may seem comfortable, but is frequently bad for your back. This is because the mattress flattens out or even inverts the natural curve of your spine. An over-arched spine is likely to cause long-term pain problems and worsen the quality of your everyday life.
Old mattresses are another common problem. Mattresses compress over time and lose their ability to offer you back support. Lack of support leads directly to spinal misalignment, especially if you spend countless hours in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends you replace your mattress at least every 5-8 years. To support this claim, a study by Oklahoma State University found that people who slept on newer mattresses experienced less back pain and better rest than those on older mattresses.
Finally, muscle fatigue plays an important role in spinal misalignments and subluxations. Lying on your back promotes a weak core and lower back muscles. This puts the burden of gravity on other parts of your body, including the spine.
How do I solve back pain?
Simple exercises that strengthen the core and lower back can resolve some issues. By itself, however, strengthening usually isn’t enough to prevent alignment issues. Putting a pillow between your legs and sleeping on your side also puts your spine in a more natural position. When you lie down, be sure that your neck is straight and that your lower back is neither too rounded or overextended.
In addition to basic adjustments to your posture in bed, chiropractic care can also provide long-term solutions for back pain. Your chiropractor will help you stay disciplined with exercises and can provide regular spinal adjustments to help correct existing issues.
The best thing you can do for your spine? Spend less time in bed! If you’re not sleeping, get up and go somewhere else. Not subjecting your body to gravity or putting your spine in awkward positions will immediately alleviate stress on it.
Are you spending too much time in bed? The professional team at Symmetry Health Center in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda, CA is ready to help you get back on track for a pain-free life. That’s why we use the proven, scientific system known as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). We can figure out what toll has been taken on your spine and put it back on the right track. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.