Nerve pain when sleeping isn't simply about occasional aches. It is a persistent discomfort that can impact your night time sleep. Working moms are particularly susceptible to nerve pain as a result of physical demands of office work and childcare. It's imperative to address this issue rather than endure it silently. In this blog lets discuss some simple tips to relieve nerve pain in the bottom and legs while sleeping.
Symptoms of nerve pain include sharp, burning, or tingling sensations that can significantly affect concentration and work performance. Nerve pain or neuropathic pain, can be caused by several spinal issues such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spinal degeneration. But one of the common reasons is a poor sleeping posture. When we sleep in a poor posture there is a lot of stress in and around the lumbar spine for the duration of the sleep. An example of this is when you have sciatica due to a herniated disc. Poor sleep posture can lead to irritation or compression of the nerve, leading to increased nerve pain.
Lets discuss how you can achieve a good sleeping posture and thus avoid back pain and nerve pain. If you sleep on your back the muscles in the deeper part of your lumbar curve do not touch the bed and are left unsupported. If you bend your knees this flattens the lumbar spine and thus supports these lumbar muscles. You can either put some pillows or a bolster under your knees to keep your knees bent. Be mindful that this is a position that puts your hamstrings in a shortened position, so it is important to stretch the hamstrings if you adopt this sleeping posture regularly.
If sleep on your side with your knees stacked on top of each other keep a pillow between your legs. If you sleep with the top leg crossing over the rest of the body, then use a pillow between the bed and the top leg. To measure the height of the pillow lie on your back so that your knees are facing the roof and put a pillow between your legs such that the thigh bones are parallel to each other. Using a pillow between your legs when side sleeping puts your pelvis in a neutral position, thus keeping your lower back muscles relaxed, thus avoiding compression of the nerves and nerve pain.
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It is important to know that most of the issues leading to nerve pain and back pain are caused by inflammation. If you want to learn more about how to reduce your inflammation and nerve pain you can find the details HERE.
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