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Insider Story: Managing Back Pain

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Insider Story: Managing Back Pain

Former servicemember James Guglielmoni was sleeping horribly.  He had suffered numerous accidents and undergone several surgeries which left him in chronic pain. “Our old bed was seven years old and had canyons in it,” he jokes. “Once you fell in one, you could barely get out of bed.”  Getting back pain under control was crucial to helping James feel rested so he could get up and start the day.

Can you relate? Navigating back pain can be an endless journey. If you are a sufferer, you are not alone.  More than 80% of Americans suffer from back pain in their lifetime.

Adjust Your Sleeping Position

How you position your body before you doze off can make a difference between waking up feeling loose vs. stiff. There is a hierarchy when it comes to optimal sleeping positions. Michael Breus, Ph.D., notes; “Pain—both chronic and acute—can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep decreases your tolerance to pain, increases its intensity and discomfort and in some cases, increases the risk of developing chronic pain conditions.”

If you suffer from back pain, try sleeping on your side or back. “Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain,” according to the American Chiropractic Association. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs or under your head for proper alignment. When on your back, place a pillow under your knees, and a smaller one under your back. Making these small adjustments can make a difference, making the next day more bearable.  To make things even easier, try a smart bed from Sleep Number that automatically adjusts to you as you’re sleeping, so you can just sleep and let the bed help you be your most comfortable.


Get Up and Stretch

Sometimes tight muscles are what can throw our bodies out of their natural alignment. Stretching is a great way to get some added relief. Loosen up those tight muscles and find relaxation with some easy yoga stretches like these:

When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you have persistent sleep issues related to pain, be sure to consult with your doctor.


When to Replace Your Mattress

  • If you consistently wake up tired, sore, or in pain.
  • If your partner tosses and turns so much it’s keeping you awake.
  • If your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake.

These are all valid reasons to go out and look for a new mattress that can help you and your partner get better quality sleep. You spend one-third of your life in bed.  Think about that.  How well you sleep impacts everything that occurs in your day.

Mattresses have made a lot of advancements, and Sleep Number 360 smart beds automatically adjust firmness while you’re sleeping.  So, if you roll over and change sleep positions the bed knows if it should adjust to be a little softer or firmer to help you find your ideal level of firmness, comfort and support. If your partner snores, the bed can even lift their head to open their nasal passages.   Sleep Number beds have a 4.5 out of 5-star rating and come with a 15-year limited warranty.  They’re also clinically proven to relieve back pain and improve sleep quality. Studies have shown that Sleep Number beds help people fall asleep faster, sleep more soundly, and wake feeling more rested and rejuvenated.

“There were times when I would wake up in the morning feeling completely unrested. I realized the sleeplessness was caused in part by the mattress I was sleeping on. I decided to look into my options for buying a new mattress.  My Sleep Number mattress has definitely been a game changer in my life. I’m finally getting the sleep that I need,” said Alaska resident Jeni McDaniel.


Like diet and exercise, quality sleep is essential for optimal health and performance. Because everyone’s sleep needs are different, Sleep Number 360® smart beds, with SleepIQ® technology inside, sense your movements and automatically adjust firmness, comfort and support to keep you both sleeping comfortably. Find your Sleep Number® setting for your best possible night’s sleep.

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