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What exercises can help with back pain?

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Getting regular physical activity is a great way to improve the quality of your sleep. But doing targeted exercises to strengthen your core -- the muscles in your abdomen, hips, lower back, and pelvis -- can also help ease back pain.

Building strength and flexibility in these muscles can lower the chances of you straining your back and experiencing muscle spasms during the night. Holding a plank position with your hands under your shoulders and your legs out straight can help tighten these muscles. Start by holding the pose for 15 to 30 seconds and try to maintain proper alignment, with your body in a straight line and your abdominal muscles engaged.

From: 5 Sleep Tips for Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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National Sleep Foundation: “Pain and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain,” “Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?”

Harvard Medical School: “What type of mattress is best for people with low back pain?” “Yoga for better sleep.”

Sleep.org: “Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep.”

NIH: “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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National Sleep Foundation: “Pain and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain,” “Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?”

Harvard Medical School: “What type of mattress is best for people with low back pain?” “Yoga for better sleep.”

Sleep.org: “Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep.”

NIH: “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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