Chronic Back Pain & Sleep Habits

Posted on: 12/02/2016

A good night’s sleep can often times be hard to come by—especially for those suffering from chronic back pain. Thus, it should come as no surprise that sleeping disorders are common amongst those living with this type of pain.

Research has shown that interrupted sleep will not just affect one’s energy throughout the day— it will actually increase chronic back pain levels. Back pain disrupts one’s sleep cycle, sleep deficiency then makes the pain worse, and the increase in pain, in turn, then makes falling and staying asleep that much more difficult. It’s an uncomfortable and tiresome cycle.

Fortunately, behavioral approaches can be quite effective in helping improve the quality of one’s sleep when they are practiced on a consistent basis. This includes implementing proper sleep habits, which ultimately promote healthy sleep patterns. Some of these habits include:

• Practicing relaxation rituals before bed (a warm bath, listening to calming music, reading, etc.)
• Waking up and getting out of bed at the same time every morning
• Avoiding day-time naps
• Not watching T.V. right before bedtime

The implementation of proper sleep habits is a great first step when it comes to managing sleeplessness, since often times those with chronic back pain develop bad sleeping habits as a result of the pain. Since the pain is unyielding, however, adjusting these habits can understandably be a challenge.

If practicing proper sleep habits are not an effective method, then it may be appropriate to consult with a pain management specialist about alternative approaches.

The inability to fall asleep hurts—literally. But with proper sleep habits in place, the chances of enjoying a long, peaceful night’s sleep are increasingly in your favor.

Sources:
Spine Health
WebMD