Study Found Association between Insomnia and Lower Back Pain

Photo Young Contemplated Woman Lying On BedIf you are one of the millions of adults who suffer from insomnia and lower back pain, it may be no surprise to learn that there is a strong causal relationship between them. Research has uncovered an interesting association between persistent insomnia and chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults.

Most people are likely to experience some form of lower back pain throughout life. This is sometimes associated with medical conditions, injuries, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or other underlying physiological causes. However, pinpointing the origin of lower back pain can be difficult in many cases.


Without knowing the cause, it can be difficult to treat, leading to an impact on the day-to-day life of those affected. This is what led researchers to take a look at an association between insomnia and lower back pain.

For the study, Zhejiang University School of Medicine researchers explored the relationship between sleep and lower back pain. Over 400,000 participants’ self-reported and genetic data were examined. All participants were part of the genome-wide association study (GWAS) by the UK Biobank. They had completed genetic tests and answered a series of questions about their sleep patterns. The study focused on different factors associated with poor sleep quality, including daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and long and short sleep duration.

The findings, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, suggest that there is a bidirectional causal relationship between lower back pain and insomnia and lower back pain, meaning that insomnia can cause lower back pain and vice versa. Researchers also found that lower back pain could cause daytime sleepiness, although not the opposite.

Researchers believe these results could inspire further studies exploring the relationship between back pain and poor sleep. It could also lead to the exploration f therapeutic interventions for lower back pain that could also target insomnia and unhealthy sleeping patterns.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.