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Why do I have more low back pain in the morning?

If you experience morning back pain, the first step is to focus on improving sleep quality and to address any factors that may be stressing your back while sleeping. Consider changing your sleeping position and using pillows to reduce tossing and turning. Sleeping on your side with an extra pillow in between your knees may better maintain the natural curves of the spine. With comfort playing a key role in good quality sleep, a new mattress may be a worthwhile investment. Getting out of bed gently, doing some stretches after waking, or taking a morning bath, can also help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Persistent morning back pain can be caused by overstraining the body during physical activity, chronic inflammation, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, or osteomalacia (vitamin D deficiency). If your pain does not get better with self-care measures, it’s important to find the underlying cause that could be contributing to your issues so you can wake up to more pain-free mornings.

For more tips on good sleep hygiene we have put together a helpful guide that you can find here.

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