3 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep With Chronic Pain
Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Chances are you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep either. Approximately 65% of people in the U.S. who suffer from chronic back pain also reported having sleep disorders. Although a lack of sleep is often correlated with a feeling of lethargy throughout the day, it can also increase your body’s sensitivity to pain, leading to a vicious cycle where your pain gets worse and you still can’t sleep. The good news is there are simple things you can do to help ensure a better night’s sleep without relying on addictive sleeping pills. Following are three tips you can use to get the sleep you need for a pain-free morning.
Prepare Your Back for Sleep
One of the key reasons it is so difficult to sleep with back pain is because it is all you can focus on when trying to clear your mind for rest. In order to avoid another sleepiness night in pain, try relieving your back pain before you go to bed. Simple stretches, soothing exercises, and heat pads can all provide the temporary relief you need to drift to sleep. If you’re still distracted by your pain at night, relaxation techniques like meditation can help clear your mind and relieve the back-pain causing stress that is keeping you up.
Learn Better Sleeping Mechanics
People spend nearly a third of their life sleeping, so its no secret that the right sleep position can make all the difference in relieving pain. Depending on the severity and location of your back pain, there are a number of sleep positions you can try to minimize
stress placed on your back and spine. If that’s not enough, consider using pillows to support and elevate you legs and neck. Maintaining the proper alignment of your spine will help take pressure of the painful areas of your back and can provide the comfort you need to sleep soundly through the night.
Consult a Professional
If home-remedies aren’t enough to help you sleep better, it might be time to consult a professional for your back pain. At Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery, our team of specialists can develop a unique plant treat your chronic back pain without the need for prescription pain killers or invasive surgery. Through a combination of spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and massage therapy, we can greatly reduce your pain and give you the tools you need to get a better night’s sleep.
If you are not getting enough sleep each night, chances are it’s adding to your back pain. These treatments are only the tip of the iceberg in helping you get a better night’s sleep. Reducing caffeine intake, avoiding heavy meals before sleep, and minimizing stress throughout your day are among the many ways to help you get the restorative sleep you need. If your pain continues to keep you up at night, contact Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery for a free consultation. Our team of professionals can provide the necessary treatments you need to reduce your back pain and get a better night’s sleep.
About the Author:
Dr. Kevin Christie is a Chiropractic Physician and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in Miami, FL at Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery where he treats college athletes, as well as professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, and NHL. Dr. Christie was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Board of Athletic Trainers as the Chiropractic Advisor. He is also part of the IRONMAN® Provider Network through A.R.T., which sets up a treatment tent for every IRONMAN event to provide treatment to IRONMAN athletes.