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7 Tips to Ease Back Pain When Sleeping

This Back Care Awareness Week we’re reminded that approximately four out of every five adults will experience back pain at some stage in their life.

Whilst there are many physical and psycho-social factors that contribute to back pain – heavy physical work, frequent bending, twisting, lifting, obesity, stress, anxiety and depression – it’s worth remembering that a good supportive bed has an important role to play in relieving back pain.

What Causes Back Pain When You Sleep?

Sleeping on a saggy, lumpy uncomfortable bed could not only cost you up to an hour’s sleep a night but it also could be contributing to your back problem.

Ideally your mattress should mould to your body; too soft and your body will slouch which could result in back pain; too firm and your hips and shoulders pressure points could feel discomfort.

The way you sleep may also be causing you pain. By adapting your sleep position you can help relieve some of the symptoms experienced when sleeping.

Sleeping Positions

If you sleep on your side with your legs and hips aligned and flexed this can cause the lower spine to be rotated slightly, which may contribute to back or hip pain.  A simple solution is to place a pillow between the knees and thighs, thus supporting the body and realigning the spine.

Back sleepers can place a pillow under the knees as will help maintain the normal curve of your lower back reducing any tensions. Or place a rolled-up towel under the small of the back for additional support.

One way of reducing the strain on your back if you sleep on your front is to place a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen and again under the head.

If changing your sleeping position still doesn’t provide you with pain relief, maybe it’s time to look at whether your bed and mattress are giving you the right support.

What is the Best Bed for Back Pain?

It’s often assumed that firmer beds are the best option for people with back pain.  However, a bed that is right for your build and weight is more likely to provide the comfort and support that you need.

An orthopaedic bed can go some way to providing the right support to ease back pain when sleeping.

King Koil Orthopaedic Beds

King Koil Orthopaedic Beds are renowned for their special support features which are designed to improve back and spine care during sleep and their beds are endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association.

An adjustable bed is also ideal for those that need a little bit of assistance with getting in and out of bed. Designed to be adjusted into various positions to make sleeping more comfortable, they can help relieve back pain, poor circulation and aches and pains by changing the position of the bed using a remote control.

Sherborne Adjustable Beds

Sherborne Adjustable Beds can be adjusted to raise the upper end of the bed which in turn lowers the back and head, or the lower end of the bed can be raised to lower the legs.

Sherborne Upholstery also manufacture Head-And-Foot Adjustable Beds which allow independent adjustment for the upper and lower body to enable the optimum position to be reached for both sleeping and relaxing.  Some models can accommodate a weight of up to 28 stone.

Tips to Ease Back Pain When Sleeping

  1. Buy a bed that’s supportive and comfortable and suited to your weight and build. 
  2. Take time and try out different beds – lie on each bed for quite a long time – at least 10 minutes.
  3. Buy a bigger bed as they will give each partner more room to move during the night and lessen sleep disturbance.
  4. Choose a bed that’s the right height. Ask yourself whether you can get in and out of it easily. An adjustable bed might be an option if this is an area of particular concern.
  5. Buy a bed with a Non-Turn Mattress so you won’t have to do any heavy lifting. 
  6. Choose a pillow that provides both neck and back support, ensuring the neck is in alignment with the rest of the spine.
  7. Try and adopt a sleeping position which creates less physical stress on the back or use pillows to support the body when sleeping.

What to do next

At Dalzell’s we know only too well how back pain can impact on getting a good night’s sleep. Our expertly trained staff are happy to advise on all types of beds and mattresses that will help ease any back pain or discomfort when you sleep. Browse our online store or visit our showroom in Markethill where there’s plenty of on-street Free Parking. We’re easily accessible too, just off the A28 between Armagh and Newry; 30 minutes from Lisburn, 45 from Belfast and an hour from Dublin. With Multi-Buy Discounts available why shop anywhere else? What’s more, with Free Delivery* and Free Collection and Recycling of Your Old Bed throughout our Free Delivery Zone of Northern Ireland and Counties Dublin, Louth and Monaghan, there’s one less thing to worry about. Not only that, but we’ll also unpack and set-up your New Bed and Mattress in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging.  Visit in-store, Email, or simply Call us on T: 028 3755 1260 where our staff are on hand to answer and questions you may have.

New Parent Sleep Tips

Sleep Tips for New Parents

The arrival of a new baby heralds great joy for families. Those first few days when you simply can’t get enough of your new bundle of joy is so precious.

Unfortunately though, for many new parents the first few weeks with a new baby can also be difficult as you try and establish a sleep routine.

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How to establish children’s bedtime routines

Back to School Sleep Tips
Sleep is vital for our physical, mental and emotional well-being: being sleep deprived can affect concentration and memory.

When children don’t get enough sleep their behaviour and mood can be affected; it can also impact on their ability to learn.

Children need different amounts of sleep – the younger the child, the more sleep they need.

With many kids back to school this week and next, now is a good time to get bedtime routines back on track.

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Essential Uni Starter Kit

Student Bedding Essentials

The wait is over and the results are in. The months (and years) of hard work and studying round the clock are a distant memory, albeit temporarily.

For those of you with children off to college and university, new beginnings and broader horizons await. And, of course, the day will arrive too when they’ll be leaving the family home behind.

As a local family business, we know that every penny counts when getting the kids university ready. Yes, we’ve been there and done that!

So, where do you start?  Never fear, at Dalzells we’ve put together our essential university bedding starter kit to help you on your way.

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Six Foods to Help you Sleep Better

Getting the right amount of sleep helps us deal with the day ahead. Too little and we’re just not functioning at our best.

Of course, getting a good night’s sleep requires us to follow good lifestyle habits and to eliminate the factors that are causing disturbed sleep.

Avoiding foods and drinks that hinder sleep and adding some exercise into our daily routines all helps to aid more restful sleep. Eating certain foods may also help us sleep better.

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Tips on how to choose a new bed

Are you in the market for a new bed but confused about what type to buy?  Check out our handy bed buying guide below on how to choose the right model for you.

Buying a New Bed

Buying a new bed is a long term investment and you should buy the best you can afford. A good bed can make the difference between having a good night’s sleep or a restless night.

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7 Tips to a Cooler Night's Sleep

How to keep cool on summer nights

With all this glorious sunshine, the feel good factor can be felt all around as people make the most of these balmy days with BBQs and soaking up the rays.

Of course, hot sunny days also mean hot sticky nights and – for many – disrupted sleep!

With the temperature set to rise even higher this week in Northern Ireland, it’s important to keep cool for a good night’s sleep.

Summer sleep tips

Follow the simple steps below to ensure you stay cool and comfortable and avoid a miserable and restless night in bed.

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You Don’t Have to be an Olympian to Get Better Sleep

Exercise and Sleep

With the Olympics now underway there’ll be a fair share of sleepless nights as we catch up on all the action.

While we certainly don’t advocate staying up late every night to watch your favourite athlete, the Olympics might just be that little bit of inspiration you need to help you start that exercise routine.

We know that exercise has many benefits; sleeping better is definitely one of them.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an Olympian to feel the benefits of a good night’s sleep!

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How to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Guest Beds at Dalzells

With the summer holidays now in full swing, many of us have visitors coming to stay. Of course, guests coming to visit also means we will be wondering how we are going to accommodate them.

At Dalzell’s we like to take the stress out of welcoming your visitors. With a great range of guest beds, folding beds, sofa beds and storage beds in-store, we’ll make sure you don’t lose sleep over where everyone else is going to sleep this holiday!

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