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The Link Between Sleep And Chronic Pain

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 10 Jul 2019

The Link Between Sleep And Chronic Pain

Sleep complaints are present in 67-88% of chronic pain disorders and at least 50% of individuals with insomnia suffer from chronic pain.

Constantly waking up in the middle of the night or waking up tired can indicate that your chronic pain is creating disjointed sleep patterns and interfering with your rest. Shortened sleep may also increase your sensitivity to pain as your body replenishes its energy levels during the sleep cycle, helping the body to heal. Without this opportunity your pain may become worse, leading to a vicious cycle of inconsistent sleep and exacerbated pain symptoms.

Those living with chronic pain may be even more sensitive to outside light, noise and even the quality of their mattress. Combating these environmental stimulants may provide a more conducive atmosphere for better sleep. Try darkening shades, upgrade the quality of your mattress, invest in a good set of earplugs or use a white noise machine to drown out external noise.

Keeping a sleep diary can track your pain symptoms and sleep patterns, which may help to identify a link between the two. Include the times that you go to bed and wake up and record any power naps or moments where your energy was down throughout the day. Taking note of any alcohol consumption, exercise or stressful events will also enable you to determine any factors that positively or negatively impact your sleep.

Work with your GP and Pharmacist to establish a good sleep routine, which may include relaxation exercises or additional supplements to aid in reducing stress and encouraging better quality sleep. Getting on top of your pain management plan is also vital; your Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist can work with you and your GP to create a personalised pain management plan. Alternatively, book in for a personalised one-on-one consultation at a Chronic Pain Clinic at selected Blooms The Chemist stores in July.

[1] The association of sleep and pain: An update and a path forward.