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TENS pad placement for sciatica

Those living with sciatica pain know how difficult it can be to take part in everyday activities as simple as falling asleep at night. The pain is often so unpleasant that it's not just a question of falling asleep, but if whether or not you're actually able to sleep through the night. Sciatica flare-ups are more likely to occur at night, disrupting a restful sleep because of a build-up of pressure, strain and stress on the body throughout the day.Finding ways to sleep with sciatica and feel rested may be difficult, but following these steps and altering simple things in your life before you go to sleep may bring you one step closer to managing your pain and sleeping well. Read on to find out six ways to sleep with sciatica and feel rested:

1. Plan Ahead to Prepare for Sleep

One of the best ways to sleep with sciatica and feel rested is by following a daily pain management schedule and planning ahead to prepare for sleep. There are a few things you can plan to do before bed to sleep with sciatica and feel rested:

  • Gather lots of pillows to sleep with
  • Use DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System
  • Sleep on a hard surface or hard mattress
  • Take a warm bath
  • Use DR-HO'S Decompression Therapy Belt

sleep with sciatica and feel rested

2. Use Firm Pillows to Align the Spine

Sciatic nerve pain is more likely to flare up when lying down as the nerves in the lower back are either irritated or compressed in this position. Whether you sleep on your back or side, there are different variations on where to place a pillow in order to help relieve sciatica pain2.

  • If you sleep on your back place a pillow in between your bed and knees and/or use a pillow with ample neck support to help align the spine
  • Slide a pillow between your thighs to elevate the top knee toward your head while sleeping on your side
  • Sleeping on your stomach can further aggravate sciatica pain. For that reason, to avoid rolling onto your stomach, it is recommended to sleep on your back with two pillows on either side of you.

Placing pillows in the correct areas can help you feel more comfortable while you sleep and hopefully result in a night of more rest.

sleep with sciatica and feel rested

3. Use DR-HO'S TENS Therapy Before Bed

With any kind of chronic pain, people often resort to massage therapy to help soothe it. With DR-HO'S TENS Therapy Machines, you can use massage therapy from the comfort of your own home, with the intensity you want, at any time you want. The Pain Therapy System uses 12 different massage techniques and 24 different types of stimulation to reduce muscle pain and tension. While targeting the nerves, it creates a gentle electric stimulation that disrupts pain receptors in the brain from registering pain and discomfort.

Using a TENS machine before bed is a great way to help relax your muscles, nerves and body to prepare yourself for a restful sleep.

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sleep with sciatica and feel rested

4. Sleep on a Hard and Flat Surface

More often than not, a soft mattress can actually make your sciatica pain worse. That's because lying down on a soft mattress curves your back in ways that can aggravate sciatic nerves. Sleeping on a hard mattress, or any hard, flat surface helps to align the neck and spine providing stability for the body and relieves tension in the back.

5. Take A Warm Bath Before Bed

Similar to heat therapy, you can use a warm bath to help relax the body and relieve pain. A warm bath can work to soothe strained muscles and nerves, while also preparing your body temperature for a restful sleep. That's why it's important to regulate the bathwater temperature ensuring it's not too hot or too cold. While the body relaxes, the warm water loosens stiff muscles by improving circulation throughout the body making it easier to sleep with sciatica and feel rested2.

6. Use DR-HO'S 2-in-1 Back Decompression Belt

DR-HO'S Back Decompression Belt is proven to help relieve sciatic nerve pain. The belt is used to elongate the spine taking the pressure off of compressed discs, herniated discs and generative discs - all indications of sciatic nerve pain.

The Decompression Belt, when inflated, gently stretches the spine and back muscles vertically, supports the midsection and improves posture. Using the Decompression Therapy Belt as part of your routine throughout the day helps relieve pressure on the lower back, resulting in less inflammation around the sciatic nerve, meaning less pain and more restful sleep. As the spine decompresses with the belt, blood, oxygen and other nutrients flow more freely to help the body heal damaged and inflamed tissues.

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Those who suffer from sciatica know how important it is to not let your pain take control and to find effective ways to manage it. And while this is true throughout the day, sleep is essential to those contending with chronic pain. Although many individuals will resort to over-the-counter drugs and more invasive treatments, there are also many natural, non-invasive ways to manage your pain allowing you to sleep with sciatica and feel rested. For more information on sciatica and back pain visit our blog.

TENS pad placement for sciaticaSources

  1. Sleep Report, How to Sleep with Sciatica: 8 Ways to a Deeper Slumber
  2. Spine-Health, 3 Little-Known Tips for Sleeping with Sciatica

 

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