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Back pain in the morning

Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:19

So you're waking up in the morning with back pain, but it doesn't really bother you that much for the rest of the day. Here's some possible causes and solutions.


  • Your bed isn't adequately supporting your bodyweight.
  • Awkward sleeping positions.
  • Bad pillow choice.
  • Your back is just overly stressed.


  • A hard bed isn't always better for you back. It should absorb and spread your weight but without being too soft. The position you sleep in would determine what sort of bed you need. If you're a side sleeper you'll need a bed that doesn't create pressure on your shoulders and hips when you're laying on your side, but is still able to support the spine. Front and back sleepers may need a firmer bed. There's tons of info on google about bed and pillow choices for different sleeping positions.
  • If you're not getting a restful sleep this can lead to awkward sleeping positions and you'll probably need to look at what the possible causes are. Are you taking time to relax before you go to bed? Is your partner sleeping restfully and not waking you up? Are you suffering from stress? Are you drinking tea or coffee too late in the day? Do you struggle to get comfortable? There are many possible causes for these things and you'll need to get a bit analytical to figure out what's going on.
  • Being a front, back or side sleeper will all require different pillow choices. A front sleeper may require no pillows. A back sleeper may require a thin pillow. And a side sleeper might require two pillows depending on their overall build. The main thing is to ensure the spine stays in a nice natural position while sleeping. You don't want your head being propped up or flopping off to the side for instance. A harder pillow doesn't always mean a better pillow, supportive and absorptive is the key.
  • Maybe you job or exercise routine is taking it's toll on your back and when you have a chance to relax for the night it's starting to tighten up. For example, people with sedentary jobs tend to have short hip flexors. Your hip flexors run from your lumbar spine, though the inside of your pelvis and into the very top of your thighs. Now if you sleep curled up on your side they'll spend the entire night in a shortened position as they have all day while you were at work. When they become chronically shortened this can present as low back pain and/or front hip/thigh pain.

These are just examples as there are many possible reasons and it's probably a good idea to get the problem checked out. 

Happy sleeping folks!