According to scientific studies, over 80% of Americans suffer back pain at some point in their life. Back pain is the leading cause of disability among people under the age of 45. When this pain turns chronic, people find their sleep suffers. Back pain is one of the leading causes of sleep discomfort and and sleeping disorders. Among those with chronic pain, an estimated 50% to 80% have ongoing sleep difficulties.
Studies also show that disrupted sleep or underlying sleep disorders will increase likelihood of chronic back pain. Individuals with chronic back pain will experience less cycles of deep sleep and less efficient sleep. Since they are experiencing non-restorative sleep, they might find diminished energy during the day, fatigue, exhaustion, pain levels increasing, and depression. When the body is unable to fully rest, their immune response and cognitive function can diminish over time.
There are many natural and pharmaceutical remedies to help support sleep and back pain, but the most cost effective and remarkable changes one can make is to purchase a new mattress that has the optimal level of support for the spine. A memory foam mattress can help support the back during sleep to reduce back pain and help keep the body aligned during sleep cycles.