Is Sciatic Nerve Pain in your lower back preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep? Do you wish that sleeping aid you took would actually make you sleep at night instead of making you feel groggy the next day? I know from personal experience how difficult it is to get comfortable when Sciatica rears its ugly head. You can’t sit, stand, sleep or walk without feeling pain and you turn into Walter Matthau’s character in “Grumpy Old Men”. Well here’s a technique that will bring relief from your discomfort, and help you get those much needed zzz’s at night, so that you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.
You’ll need a few props – either a couple of fluffy pillows that will stack on top of each other or some blankets that you can fold and stack. You want this stack of blankets to be about as high as the distance from your hips to your knees.
Now place the stack on your bed and lie down on your back so that your feet and lower legs are resting comfortably on the blankets or pillows. Your lower legs are now parallel with the top of the bed. Lying in this position brings your spine into its natural alignment so that you keep that lovely little curve in your lower back. Most of us try to lie flat with our legs extended straight out, and that flattens our natural curve and causes us more pain – Yikes! It’s much easier for your spine to completely relax when you lie down with your legs up the way I’ve described, reducing the tension in all of your back muscles and allowing you to sleep without pain. And if you prefer sleeping on your side, try lying on your back for at least ten minutes before sleep and then when you roll onto your side, bend your knees and place one or two of the pillows or blankets between your knees. This will also help to take some strain off your lower back.
The idea of this position is for you to completely relax all of the muscles in your lower back and buttocks, taking the pressure off your Sciatic Nerve and bringing you much needed relief from your pain. Breathing deeply will also send fresh oxygenated blood throughout your body, and calm your mind, so don’t forget to breathe!
Try this method whenever your Sciatica strikes and turn your Grump Bear into Sleeping Beauty!
Best of Health
Source by Kathi Casey