After a few weeks of an overzealous abdominal workout on a hardwood floor, I developed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and low back pain. Anxious about my first real injury and bout of pain, I couldn’t sleep. I was restless at night, and woke up exhausted. The GERD worsened, I couldn’t eat much, and stopped exercising. Previous routine activities such as bending to pick up an object from the floor, triggered GERD, and exacerbated the back. Fearful of disease lurking within, I visited a primary care physician. Tests revealed nothing.
I gradually returned to my previous exercise routine, and found sleep. Sometimes I would come home, the back aching, unable to eat, and yearn for bed. Instead of popping a pill, I slept to ease the pain. In the morning, I would feel almost normal. I feel much better now, thanks to the healing nature of sleep.