PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are some lifestyle changes for chronic back pain and sleep problems?

ANSWER

Tips for getting a good night's sleep with chronic back pain:

  • Minimize stress.
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine.
  • Don't eating heavily before bedtime.
  • Don't self-medicate with alcohol.
  • Do soothing exercises.
  • Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow.
  • Sleep in a comfortable position (but try not to sleep on your stomach).
  • Establish a bedtime routine.

From: Chronic Back Pain and Sleep WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Martin Lanoff, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Chicago.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "Low Back Pain." 

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA): "ACPA Medications and Chronic Pain Supplement 2006."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleeptionary: Caffeine/Symptoms." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Thomas Roth, PhD, director, Sleep Disorders Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, author, ; director, graduate program in psychology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia. Sleep Deprived No More: From Pregnancy to Early Motherhood --Helping You and Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

American Academy of Pain Medicine: "Pain Patients at Risk for Sleep Apnea."

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain: an update of American Society of the Interventional Pain Physicians' (ASIPP) guidelines."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Martin Lanoff, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Chicago.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "Low Back Pain." 

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA): "ACPA Medications and Chronic Pain Supplement 2006."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleeptionary: Caffeine/Symptoms." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Thomas Roth, PhD, director, Sleep Disorders Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, author, ; director, graduate program in psychology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia. Sleep Deprived No More: From Pregnancy to Early Motherhood --Helping You and Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

American Academy of Pain Medicine: "Pain Patients at Risk for Sleep Apnea."

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain: an update of American Society of the Interventional Pain Physicians' (ASIPP) guidelines."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What is low back strain?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: