Sleeping Better with Sciatic Nerve Pain
Is Bed Rest best for sciatica?
Discussion. We found no evidence that bed rest is an effective treatment for patients with sciatica.
Can a bad mattress make sciatica worse?
Can Sciatica Be Caused by a Bad Mattress? While it’s unlikely that a mattress is the root cause of sciatic nerve pain, a bad mattress can certainly exacerbate the problem. An unsupportive sleeping surface often contributes to the discomfort and may even make your symptoms worse.
What type of firmness is best for sciatica?
Someone who sleeps on their back should choose a medium-firm or even a firm mattress for the best, most consistent support— however, back sleepers with sciatica should consider a medium-firm mattress only, as a firm bed could irritate those already sensitive pressure points.
Is zero gravity bed good for sciatica?
Sleeping on a flat bed is by no means considered “unhealthy,” but sleeping in a zero-gravity position puts less pressure on your spine than sleeping flat does. If you have lower back pain (maybe you suffer from sciatica or a herniated disc) or pressure points, sleeping in this position can help you avoid discomfort.
What is the fastest way to cure sciatica?
Alternating heat and ice therapy can provide immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful area (which speeds healing). Heat and ice may also help ease painful muscle spasms that often accompany sciatica.
What can you do for unbearable sciatica?
Medications that we commonly use include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and in more severe or persistent cases, narcotic pain medication, antidepressants or anti-seizure meds. Over the counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen can be used first and are often effective.
How should I lay with sciatica?
Lie flat on your back—keep your heels and buttocks in contact with the bed and bend your knees slightly towards the ceiling. Slide a pillow between your bed and knees for support. Slowly add additional pillows until you find a comfortable knee position. It’s not uncommon to not find relief after a few days.
Can you sleep on your side with sciatica?
If you’re dealing with sciatica, you may find sleeping on your uninjured side helps reduce your symptoms. Putting a pillow between your waist and the mattress or putting a pillow between your knees may also help reduce pressure on your injured nerve.
Why is sciatic nerve pain worse in the morning?
Sciatica is often worse in the morning because of the way you sleep. Laying in incorrect and awkward positions can irritate nerves because you compress the exit spaces in the spinal column. This limits the space nerve roots have to travel and can worsen your condition.
Do recliners help sciatica?
Recliners: An excellent recliner will help support the back and can help alleviate sciatica symptoms. Recliners are a better option than regular chairs and can provide comfort and support for sciatica prevention.
How do I adjust my bed for hip pain?
To alleviate the pain and sleep better with hip bursitis, most doctors recommend adjusting your sleeping position so you’re not putting pressure on the affected hip, using a wedge pillow between your knees to keep your hips aligned and investing in a well-balanced mattress (again, not too soft and not too hard!).