How back pain impairs sleep
Back pain creates several obstacles that get in the way of experiencing adequate sleep:
Back pain makes it challenging to experience high-quality sleep. Studies have shown that the relationship between back pain and sleep works in the other direction too.
How poor sleep makes back pain worse
Research indicates that it is probable that inadequate or interrupted sleep may worsen back pain.
Restorative sleep brings back pain relief
It is widely agreed that most adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night for optimal physical and mental wellness. Yet it is not only the quantity of sleep that contributes to the healing process; the quality of sleep plays an essential role.
Sleep that is restorative for the body requires time spent in the deep non-REM and REM stages of the sleep cycle. As the individual occupies these phases in the night, chemical properties that replenish and repair the body are activated.
Considerable amounts of growth hormone are released when the body reaches the later stages of sleep. The secretion of growth hormone is necessary for stimulating growth in the body, cell reproduction and cell regeneration. High-quality, restorative sleep, then, acts as a venue where the body’s healing process takes place. It is the opportune time for the spine to self-repair
Get restorative sleep despite back pain
Getting an adequate amount of healthy, restorative sleep is beneficial for dealing with back pain. Yet back pain makes it difficult to attain quality sleep. There are a number of ways to improve the chances of progressing into restorative sleep despite the pain.
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