Why Does Sciatica Flare Up during Sleep? Explained Simply
As a busy mom, despite your best efforts to manage your health, you may find yourself grappling with the nagging discomfort of sciatica, especially when you're trying to get a good night's sleep. So, why does sciatica rear its head when you finally lay down at night. Lets discuss more in this blog. 
There are two main things to consider when it comes to sciatica pain at night. First is poor postures such as slumped sitting or rounded back through the day. This can put extra stress on our lumbar spine. By the time bedtime rolls around, this stress can lead to inflammation and irritation of the sciatic nerve causing that nagging night time sciatica pain.
Secondly, let's talk about your sleeping posture at night. If you're a stomach sleeper, try to avoid it, if possible. Sleeping on your stomach can really exaggerate the lumbar curve to its maximum capacity, putting even more pressure on those already irritated muscles and nerves, leading to back pain and sciatica. Instead, try sleeping on your back or side. Read this blog HERE to learn how you can transition from stomach sleeping side lying and sleeping on your back.

If you're a back sleeper, consider placing a few pillow under your knees. Doing so helps to flatten your lumbar spine on the bed, thus supporting your lower back muscles. And if you prefer sleeping on your side, try placing a pillow between your knees to keep your hips and lower back in a more neutral position. Be mindful that this bent knee position puts your hamstrings in a shortened position, so it is important to stretch the hamstrings if you adopt this sleeping posture. 

If you prefer sleeping on your side with your knees stacked on top of each other, try placing a pillow between your knees to keep your hips and lower back in a more neutral position. 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. If your top leg crosses over the rest of the body while side lying, then use a pillow between the bed and the top leg, such that your thighs are parallel to each other. Keeping your lower back and pelvis in a more neutral position reduces the chances of sciatic nerve irritation and thus prevent sciatica during your sleep. 

Watch this video to learn more reasons "Why is your Sciatica (Sciatic nerve pain) worse at night?"

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