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Why Do I Wake Up With a Sore Back?

Waking up with a sore back can be frustrating and can affect your day. Understanding the possible causes can help you find solutions and wake up feeling refreshed.


One common reason is your mattress. If it’s too soft or too firm, it may not support your spine properly. Over time, this can lead to discomfort. Consider investing in a mattress that suits your sleeping style.


Your sleeping position also plays a role. Sleeping on your stomach can strain your back, while sleeping on your side or back with proper support can alleviate pressure. Using a pillow under your knees when lying on your back or between your legs when on your side can help maintain spinal alignment.


Lack of movement throughout the day can contribute to back stiffness. Sitting for prolonged periods can tighten muscles. Incorporate regular breaks to stand, stretch, and move around.


Stress and tension can manifest physically, including in your back. Practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation before bed can reduce tension.


Your overall health and fitness level also impact your back. Weak core muscles can lead to poor posture and back pain. Engaging in regular exercise, including core strengthening, can provide support to your spine.


Consider your sleeping environment. A room that’s too cold or hot can cause muscle stiffness. Ensure your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature and free of distractions.


Finally, underlying medical conditions such as arthritis, herniated discs, or sciatica can cause back pain. If you suspect a medical issue, consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.


By addressing these factors, you can reduce the likelihood of waking up with a sore back and enjoy more restful nights.


Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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