Sleep Away Your Back Pain: What Chiropractors Have to Say

By Stepy Kamei

We all experience some form of back pain from time to time. For this reason, pretty much most of us are aware of some of the things we can do to treat it, such as using ice packs and stretching before workouts, etc., but did you realize how your sleeping patterns can impact back health? Healthcare experts are now revealing that it turns out a person's sleeping habits and patterns tend to have a much bigger impact on back health (not to mention overall sense of well-being, physically and mentally) than many of us realize. Chiropractors often notice a link in their patients between severity of back pain and amount of sleep they get on an average night. If you want to start taking better care of your back and spine, you'll want to start taking better care of your sleeping habits as well. 

Insomnia and Back Pain: A Problematic Cycle

Chiropractors have noticed some of their patients find that their sleep troubles begin after they've developed back pain. Others may find that when they get less sleep, they tend to experience worse back pain during the day. Yet many people find that they can't quite tell which health issue is causing the other one. Is their back pain interrupting their sleep, or is their lack of sleep making their back pain worse? This is why it's important to address both of these issues as being equally important and impactful on your health. 

If you suffer from back pain, the discomfort you feel may make you toss and turn during the night, which can prevent you from getting enough rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is what ensures you feeling refreshed and awake during the day. Without proper REM sleep, the body may be much more susceptible to feelings of pain, soreness, and stiffness. This is how back pain and sleeping problems feed off of each other in a harmful manner.

Correcting These Issues Can Be Easy

For starters, you'll want to talk with your primary healthcare provider to make sure a more serious health issue isn't to blame for your discomfort. You can also greatly benefit from seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. During a typical session of chiropractic, you will have your spinal column examined for any misalignments, which are referred to as subulxations. These subluxations can create pain and stiffness in the back, and can also disrupt your sleeping patterns. A chiropractic adjustment can correct these misalignments and bring you back to a healthier state of being.

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