There's a pretty obvious connection between sleep and health, and back pain is no exception. Since pain can sometimes keep a person from sleeping well, this might seem like a bit of a feedback loop. However, research published in The BMJ suggested a link between the internal clock and inflammatory pain, in both mice and humans.
In practical terms, this could mean pain sufferers need to avoid staying up or working hard into the late hours to mitigate pain. Regularity can also play an important role, as sticking to a consistent schedule could enforce an even amount of sleep throughout the week.
Last year's Sleep in America poll connected bad sleep with "stress and poor health." When a person suffers chronic pain, they can also experience an average "sleep debt" of 42 minutes, a press release from the source said.
In the statement, National Sleep Foundation CEO David Cloud referenced the important of sleep for anyone with chronic pain issues. According to the study, more respondents with no pain reported good sleep than those with pain.
"Taking control of your sleep by being motivated, setting a routine bedtime and creating a supportive sleep environment are relevant even for those with pain," Cloud said. "Sleep is a key marker of health, and good sleep habits are critical for improving the quality of life of those living with chronic or acute pain."
Those with recurring back pain may know that they have to choose the right sleeping position for their spine, but getting the right kind of sleep in the first place could be another factor. Consulting a professional chiropractor can give you verified advice for improving your everyday habits for less pain.