One of the most peaceful times of day is when we turn in for a night of rest and relaxation, but when you have sciatica, it can feel almost impossible to get a good nights sleep. Here we will discuss some of your options.
Why does my sciatica disturb my sleep?
Sleep is the only time when we can wreak havoc on our posture and not know it. For instance, if you sleep on your side you may go to sleep feeling great, but over the course of the night the weight of your body being pulled to one side may pull on your back. The result is waking up in severe pain. One of the most important elements of sciatic nerve treatment is your posture. Keeping your back aligned is a crucial part of keeping the pressure off of your sciatic nerve. This is why it is very important for you to maintain your posture while you sleep.
What does my pillow have to do with my Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment?
Most pillows are not designed with the full scope of the body in mind. Sciatica is tricky, even if you feel that your body is perfectly straight, something as simple as having your neck angled too high can disrupt the top of the spine, which disrupts the middle of the spine, and so on and so forth.
What should I look for in a pillow for Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment?
One of the main things to relieve your issue of sciatica disturbing sleep is the right pillow, You want to find one that allows your neck to be perfectly lined up with the rest of your body. Just as it is important not to have a pillow that angles the neck too high, it is also important not to have a pillow that pulls the head down too low. This will also cause a pull in the neck and any disruption in the neck can easily affect other areas of the spine.
What is the best pillow for sciatic nerve sleep relief?
Although I have never tried one myself, many people I have talked to swear by using a Buckwheat pillow. They say that it supports the neck in such a way that it gives the rest of the body good posture. The hulls inside the pillow are made to cradle the neck without being intrusive and I have been told by other sciatica sufferers that it is very comfortable and they have all had great success sleeping with it.
Do I have any other options?
My husband, (the sciatic sufferer in my house), purchased a Memory Foam pillow about two years ago and he loves it. For him, it is comfortable enough to get a good nights sleep while firm enough to give his neck the support it needs to maintain his posture. You also have options with the memory foam. One side is flat if that gives you enough support. But if you need additional neck support, the other side has a small round part of it that lifts the neck while supporting the head and is very comfortable, (this also works great with headaches).