Getting a good night sleep is important to enable the body’s tissues to heal and reduce any inflammation. You may be finding it difficult to fall asleep and/ or stay asleep because of your pain and this will leave you feeling tired, which will most likely make your back pain feel worse. If pain is preventing you sleeping then speak to your GP.
Endorphins are ‘feel good’ hormones made naturally by your body. What many people don’t know is that endorphins help to block pain signals from registering in your brain. Endorphins also help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, which are all factors that slow down your recovery, increase the risk of developing persistent pain and often make back pain feel worse.
To boost your endorphin levels, do an activity you enjoy that your pain will allow you to do, such as painting, meditation, calling a friend, walking in your garden or watching a comedy. Also, these activities will distract you from your pain.