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4 Common Pains Impacted by Sleep

Sleep is vitally important to your health – it has an impact on your overall lifestyle in so many ways. Productivity, creativity, awareness, emotional health and physical health are all impacted by the quantity and quality of sleep you get. According to the National Sleep Foundation, pain-related sleep loss is a problem that impacts millions of Americans. Sleep disruptions and poor sleep quality can be attributed to various types of pain. We’ve outlined a few here.

Back Pain
Symptoms of back pain can come in many forms, including muscle aches, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that you feel from your back down your leg or even limited flexibility. According to WebMD, back pain can stem from spinerelated problems, accidents and injuries, lifestyle triggers or emotional stress. Additionally, Medical News Today notes that if you do not have proper mattress support, it could lead to back pain from sleeping.

Hip Pain
The truth is, hips don’t lie. Hip pain can cause discomfort when you are sleeping, especially for side sleepers. Pregnant women, who are encouraged to sleep on their left side after the second trimester, often experience hip pain due to relaxed connective tissue that loosens joints and ligaments between bones in their pelvis. Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs to provide some pain relief.

Shoulder Pain
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain after sleeping, a visit to your doctor may be in order, as an injury could be the cause. In the meantime, you may want to try using extra pillows under your shoulders for support.

Neck Pain
We’ve all woken up with a stiff neck from sleeping in the wrong position. But if you are experiencing ongoing neck pain from sleeping, your pillow could be to blame. Your pillows make up 25% of your sleeping surface, so you want to be sure that you are using cushion that supports the natural curve of your neck. Your pillow should allow you to keep your body aligned with your bed as you sleep. With so many options – feather, gel, foam, fluffy and flat – the right pair of pillows is out there for you.

Be sure to consult your doctor about acute or chronic pain. For more information on your sleep health, visit our blog at

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