When you suffer with from lower back pain, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In mild cases, it can prevent you from getting comfortable enough to sleep. However, in more severe cases, back pain can leave you in agony when you are lying down, no matter what position you attempt. To make matters worse, when your body does not get the rest it requires, you can actually become more sensitive to the pain. Therefore, the cycle of sleep loss continues and actually worsens over time. If you are suffering from the inability to sleep due to pain in the lower back you should seek medical attention.
A common treatment for sleep loss due to back pain is medication. Medication is prescribed to allow you to sleep and helps relieve the pain. The decision to take medication should not be taken lightly. Some medications can have serious side effects and can lead to addiction. These medications result in a dependence on the drug to allow you to sleep. There are now more options for medications and some do not have negative side effects or lead to addiction. In minor cases of lower back pain, you may choose to use over-the-counter medicine for pain relief. These include aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. All of these options are intended to relieve pain for short periods of time.
Antidepressants are another prescription drug that is sometimes used for lower back pain. However, these are only used in severe cases. They may be combined with a pain reliever or a muscle relaxer. In any event, medications should not be seen as a long-term solution to your sleep loss due to lower back pain. Two to three months is the generally accepted period for this type treatment. In that period of time it is hoped that you will be able to learn new sleep patterns and manage your pain more effectively.
There are improvements to your condition that you can make naturally. This is generally through a change in lifestyle. In order to sleep well you should eliminate stress, limit or eliminate caffeine, stop eating heavily before you are ready to go to bed, avoid the use of alcohol, practice relaxation exercises and techniques and invest in a comfortable mattress and pillow for your bed. All of these changes may seem insignificant in light of your lower back pain, but combined any number of these factors can affect how you sleep. Try to establish a routine at bedtime to begin to relax and program your body for sleep. Focus on making yourself as relaxed, stress-free and comfortable as possible to help prepare you for sleep.
Obviously, these things cannot solve your lower back pain, but they can contribute to overall better sleeping patterns. Never underestimate the role of stress in the health of your body. You may even see a substantial amount of your back pain subside after you have established a healthy routine around bedtime. Take the time to evaluate your habits now and make any changes as needed to begin getting better sleep.