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young woman with her back to the camera, in obvious pain, with red blotches on her lower back

Get Back (Pain)

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Millions of people – somewhere around 1 in 5 of us – suffer from chronic back pain. I used to have lower back pain. In recent years, it’s been my upper back and shoulders because of a neck injury from a car crash.

Joey and Ross on Friends are cuddled on a couch napping

What We Get Wrong About Sleep

Our collective sleep quality and quantity is one of many things negatively affected by the pandemic. People who never had trouble sleeping now have bouts of insomnia. Add an incomprehensible war with 24/7 coverage and our ability to wind down is worsened. We have always talked a lot about sleep in this house. It’s probably third, after food and the cat. I slept like crap. I had a great sleep. What time did you get up? And so on.