I have to admit that I was definitely more than a bit taken aback when I first started learning about the connection between insomnia and chronic low back pain. According to an informative article by Spine Health, roughly 65 percent of patients who report dealing with chronic back pain also report having “sleep disorders, such as disrupted or non-restorative sleep”.
With this kind of startling information, the connection between chronic back pain and sleeping issues simply cannot be ignored any longer. If you have been experiencing back pain issues,consider your sleeping habits. You may be surprised to realize that your insomnia or otherwise disrupted sleep could be contributing to your low back pain more than you know.
When you think about the nature of physical pain, this connection certainly seems to make sense. After all, when you are experiencing any sort of pain in the body, you are bound to be woken up from your slumber as a result. Unfortunately, not getting a good night’s rest on a regular basis can really cause a lot of harm to your body. Lack of sleep tends to make back pain even worse, and so in this way, there is a never ending cycle of chronic physical pain and sleeplessness. Whether you have trouble staying asleep throughout the night, or you find it difficult to even fall asleep at all to begin with, this is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible for the sake of your physical and even your mental health and well being.
In the wake of this information, it is certainly good to know that there are plenty of simple lifestyle changes you can start implementing right away in order to improve your sleeping habits as well as your chronic low back pain. For starters, you will want to make sure that your sleeping environment is ideal for your needs. Keep all electronics out of this area if you can, since the blue light from your phone or laptop can mess with your melatonin levels, which will cause you to have issues falling asleep. You will also want to make sure that your pillow and mattress are the right length, height, and firmness for your individual preferences. Too much strain on the back or neck due to a poorly constructed pillow or mattress can create aches and pains over time that will only get worse.
Finally, you will want to consider meeting with a chiropractor to start receiving regular adjustments. Chiropractic has been shown to not only bring pain relief to patients with chronic low back pain, but it also has been proven to help with a patient’s overall quality of sleep and rest.
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