How Back Pain Affects Sleep
Back pain is a widespread issue that impacts an estimated 80% of adults. It can make daily activities difficult, including working, walking, sitting, driving and lifting even light items. Unfortunately, we know that back pain also problematizes sleep, making it hard to find a comfortable position to fall asleep and sleep undisturbed through the night.
Research studies have discovered that over half of people with lower back pain report sleeping difficulties. These adverse sleep effects emerge in people with both sudden and acute back pain and those with long-term, chronic back pain.
People with back pain tend to have a fragmented sleep from waking up at night. In addition, getting back to sleep can be challenging because of persistent aches and pain. Back pain can also contribute to depression, stress and anxiety, affecting quality sleep.
Individuals with back pain can take several steps to feel and sleep better. In addition, getting medical assistance for severe back problems can help relieve pain. Treatments depend on the cause of your symptoms and can range from physical therapy, pain-relieving medications and surgery.
More minor changes can contribute to pain relief as well. For example, sitting with proper posture, taking care when lifting and avoiding unnatural movements can reduce the aggravation of back pain. In addition, based on our data, we’ve found that having a mattress that keeps the spine aligned can relieve stress on the spine and promote better sleep.