Sleep and back pain go hand in hand in the sense that most of the time you can’t have both at the same time. For those who do not have back pain, achieving sound sleep is a lot easier. Meanwhile, for the unfortunate many who have it the other way around, life can get quite difficult sometimes. In fact, it’s widely know that as many as 80% of patients with chronic back pain report persistent sleeplessness as a primary concern – and for good reason!
Other Side Effects Sleep Loss
Insomnia stemming from back pain doesn’t just affect how tired or rested you feel throughout any given day. Sleep deprivation over a long period of time can dramatically change your body, mentally and physically. A person can suffer expected symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, impaired higher function, and behavioral/mood changes, as well as other more serious and often unexpected symptoms, including hallucinations and paranoia, hormonal imbalances, increased physical pain/discomfort, and even changes to your overall pulse, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and more. All of which, of course, only mask the underlying problem, resulting in prescription after prescription for everything from sleep aids, to muscle relaxers and mood stabilizers – meaning the actual the back pain never gets treated.
Common Causes of Back Pain
Back pain is not even a rare problem. In the United States alone, more than 30 million people suffer from it every day. The most common reasons people have back pain include sprained ligaments, ruptured disks, strained muscles, and aggravated joints, all of which are often really just caused by improper posture/sleeping positions, obesity, injuries, stress, arthritis, and other normal circumstances most people every day have no control over.
Tips For Relieving Back Pain & Improving Sleep
With guidance from a healthcare professional, there’s no reason you can’t take matters into your own hands and start doing things at home to improve your back pain and your sleep. For instance:
- Changing your diet can be a great way to alleviate pain, especially if you focus on adding more foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and healthy fats, as well as foods known to be anti-inflammatory;
- Practicing good posture will ensure you’re aware of your body at all times, meaning you can consciously keep everything properly aligned to prevent discomfort or injury later on;
- Exercising regularly and improving your flexibility, especially focusing on your core, can help you keep the muscles around your spine loose, but strong, allowing it to provide ample support while still offering plenty of flexibility for you to do what you need to do;
- Updating your sleeping habits may be all it takes for you to see relief. Back sleepers should start keeping a pillow under their knees at night, side sleeper should keep one between their knees, and stomach sleepers should put a pillow under their pelvis and avoid straining their necks.
Want To Really Change Your Life?
Let our back pain specialists at Balanced Health & Wellness help you find the perfect pain solution for you. We’ll create a custom treatment plan that addresses your exact needs and obstacles, and provide you all the support you need every step of the way! Reach out to our experienced wellness staff at Balanced Health & Wellness today at 248.397.8122 or simply fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule your appointment.