Too Much Sleep Is Bad For Your Back
Too much sleep is bad for your
In an article called Lumbago we said that too much
sitting can trigger symptoms of lower back aches and pains, but did you know that
too much sleep, and more importantly, bad sleep in an unsuitable
bed may also cause back problems?
Whilst you sleep your body moves around allowing the spine to “stretch” a little and the discs receive blood and
oxygen essentially decompressing the spine. However, once this is achieved the flow reduces
and the body moves blood and warmth to other organs of the body. So although the spine was
originally stretched and re-vitalised, as sleep continues it becomes
vulnerable to strains and sprains. The muscles become tight and your back
isn’t ready to just suddenly jump out of bed!
This is similar to the exercise theory; that movement is good for your back as
it encourages the flow of blood to the discs, helping to reduce any potential back
But remember, you have now been lying relatively still all night – IS YOUR
BACK READY FOR THE DAY AHEAD?
Treat your back to a quality
A soft inviting mattress may seem attractive for
a comfortable sleep but in reality, a good firm mattress will give your back the rest it
deserves. There are many good orthopaedic mattresses available, so be
prepared to spend some time and money investing in a good one. The benefits
of a healthy back will far outweigh the potential cost of top quality mattress and lessen the
risk of strains and injury to your back, and hopefully give you good nights sleep
Seek advice on the correct
mattress for you, remembering that if you have a bed partner, he or she must be comfortable too.
Also make sure you check any mattress together as the possible change in weight or position may
affect that particular mattresses benefit to your back, and possibly theirs.
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Stretch your back before you get
What can you do to reduce back problems from either too much sleep or simply
being to eager to leap out of bed?
Simple stretches for your back that can be done in bed can lessen the risk of
back strain or injury are an easy way to get your spine warmed up for the day.
on your back in a comfortable, relaxed position and extend your legs.
slowly raise your arms over your head and lay them on the bed.
both arms as far over your head as is comfortable.
do the same with your legs and toes, pointing your toes toward the foot of the bed.
- Only stretch to
the point of mild tension, but hold the stretch for ten seconds, and then allow your whole body
maximum benefit, repeat this stretch a few times.