How to Sleep with Sciatica Pain

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How to Sleep with Sciatica Pain

May 18, 2020


Your foot may have a pulsating pain. In your calf you may have a burning sensation. In the middle of the night, this sudden sciatic nerve pain stirs you, or stops you from falling asleep first. Fortunately, some simple tricks can be used to make you sleep with Sciatica more comfortable. From light to drug use, here are a few most common ways to increase your comfort to sleep with sciatica. Contact the back doctors in OKC for help.

Tips for Sleeping With Sciatica

  • Bed Warm bath before going to bed

  • Do light stretching

  • Use a pillow for neck

  • Go for sciatic massage

  • Try knee elevation

  • Use and sleep on supportive mattresses

  • Avoid the painful side

  • Use ice pack on painful areas

What Is Sciatica?

The longest nerve in the human body is your sciatic nerve that runs down your backbone, to your muscles, and down your legs, and feet. If your sciatic nerve is in any way compressed or inflamed, you may have pain on your legs or lower back or tingling on your legs or your feet. Typically, this pain is called sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain may range from being mere uncomfortable to being weakly painful, intermittent or chronic.

Get a Medium to Moderately Firm Surface

Take care of your sleeping surface before considering pillows. Although comfort is a question of personal choice, many people with sciatica choose to sleep in a medium to solid mattress. Some people prefer to sleep on the floor of a yoga mat. A firm surface can support and encourage alignment of the spinal cord.

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Keep Pillows behind the Back and Under the Knees

Place two pins behind your shoulders and dense pillows and tuck a flat pillow or two under your knees and top calves for elevating your legs, if your double-piece wedge coil is not in your budget or takes too much space on your bed.

Pillow between the Knees

Place two pillows behind the shoulders and keep a flat pillow or two under your knees and top calves for elevating your legs.

A Large Pillow

The pillow can also help comfort yourself while you sleep on your side with a large area under your head and against your chest. You can try a pillow that has customizable thickness levels so that you are comfortable with the height and the density.

Contact the back doctors in OKC at Longevity. Say no to sciatica and other body pain.

**Disclaimer: This content should not be considered medical advice and does not imply a doctor-patient relationship.

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