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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Sleeping with Your Dog: How It May be Causing Your Back Pain

Updated: May 8

An individual sleeping in a well-supported position without their dog, showcasing how adjusting sleep habits and maintaining proper spinal alignment can help alleviate back pain while still cherishing your bond with your furry companion.
A person and their dog sharing a bed, illustrating the common practice of sleeping with pets and its potential impact on sleep quality and back pain.

If you're like me, you may have found yourself wondering why your back and sides seem to hurt all the time. It could be that you're sleeping with your dog, and while snuggling with your furry friend can be comforting, it may not be doing your back any favors.

Sleeping with a pet can disrupt your sleep and cause back and neck pain. Your dog may be taking up too much space on the bed, causing you to sleep in an unnatural position that puts strain on your back and sides. Additionally, your dog's movements during the night can jostle you and cause you to toss and turn, leading to discomfort.

If you're experiencing chronic back and neck pain, it's worth considering whether sleeping with your dog could be contributing to the problem. Consider giving your pet their own bed, or at least making sure they have enough space on yours to allow you to sleep comfortably. You may also want to try using a body pillow or other supportive sleeping aid to help keep your spine aligned and reduce strain on your back and sides.

In addition to addressing your sleep habits, it's also important to address any underlying issues that could be causing your chronic pain. This may include seeing a chiropractor, who can provide spinal manipulation and other treatments to help relieve pain and improve function.

Overall, while sleeping with your dog can be a comforting and enjoyable experience, it's important to prioritize your own health and well-being. If you're experiencing chronic back and neck pain, consider making some changes to your sleep habits and seeking professional help to find relief.

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