Many of our patients complain of difficulty sleeping with back pain. This fact alone is to be expected. Many studies have found that back pain not only interferes with falling asleep, but staying asleep as well. What many of our patients don’t realize is that lack of quality sleep can actually contribute to their pain. Did you know that a lack of quality sleep can actually contribute to your back pain? Click To Tweet
While most experts agree that 7-9 hours of sleep per night is adequate for most adults, what they don’t discuss is the quality of sleep. When it comes to your body’s healing process, quality sleep is often more important than the quantity of sleep.
Keep reading to learn more about how back pain affects your ability to sleep and how poor sleep can make your back pain worse.
Back pain and your ability to sleep
Sleeping with back pain is difficult for a number of reasons. For one, have you ever laid awake at night extraordinarily aware of your surroundings and how your body is feeling? Often we’re so distracted by other things throughout the day that we don’t have time to really focus on how we’re feeling. Unfortunately, for those suffering from back pain, their pain becomes more intense at night just because of increased pain awareness.
In addition to increased awareness, it can often be difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Some conditions may even require you to alter your normal sleeping position.
Poor sleep and your back pain
As we mentioned before, our patients are often surprised that poor sleep can actually make their back pain worse. When your body is deprived of sleep, it shuts down the release of a hormone responsible for relieving pain and healing the body. It can also intensify your body’s sensitivity to pain and aggravate inflammation, both leading to increased pain.
If you’re experiencing back pain and having trouble getting quality sleep, there are measures to be taken. We’ll cover those measures in our next blog so be sure to check back on April 5.