Chronic Pains: Sleep It Away!

by Guest Blogger on June 13, 2013

Chronic pain bothers about 150 million Americans per year; and that’s only in America.

In the market today, there are many claims of pain treatments and methods that “reduce” the incidence of chronic pain exacerbations; however, not all of us can afford such modalities especially due to its expensive cost.

Chronic pain, if not relieved, can lead into other serious illnesses that may hamper one’s living condition. Unresolved chronic pain may lead to a weaker immune system caused by inactivity, and inability to sleep well at night.

 

Sleep Deprivation Effects

According to a study made by Gilles Lavigne, DDS, MSc, FRCD, an expert on the connection between sleep and pain and a professor of dentistry, physiology and psychiatry at the University of Montreal, about 50-90% of people with chronic pain cannot sleep well. It’s not uncommon for a person suffering from chronic pain to experience a lot of sleepless nights. But how does sleep contribute to the worsening condition of the patient?

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Chronic Pain Affects Millions of Americans Every Year

Thomas Roth, PhD, of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit claims that pain itself worsens due to lack of sleep, even if it is the main cause of sleeplessness. It may pose more problems too; it could affect activities of daily living, while affecting your relationship with others too.

To stop this nasty cycle from happening, there are numerous ways to conquer chronic pain; may it be through surgery, pharmacological treatments and even therapies aimed at cognitive and physical factors. The good thing is, there are simple ways to relieve chronic pain that don’t cost too much to relieve those aching pains.

 

Here are some simple ways to conquer chronic pain:

Getting Enough Sleep.

Sleep isn’t just a physiologic need; it’s a way of our body to rest and repair worn out muscles. Our body releases essential chemicals that help repair tired muscles; plus, being in a state of sleep helps our body be relaxed, thus reducing chronic pain.

 

Limit Activities Prior to Bedtime.

While it is a common misconception that one must be incredibly tired in order to have a good night’s sleep, it is not applicable to people who have chronic pain. It only predisposes more aching times during the sleep itself, so if you cut strenuous activities an hour or so before bedtime, it will help make sure your REM cycles aren’t interrupted.

 

Food and Beverages.

Coffee and other caffeine-based drinks are stimulants, therefore it won’t help you sleep well. Even though alcohol itself is a depressant, it doesn’t guarantee a good sleep cycle either. Avoid binge eating prior your bedtime to help induce sleep earlier.

 

Complimentary Therapies.

Also known as alternative therapies, these are proven to help alleviate chronic pain. Acupuncture, chiropractic medicine and a lot more can help lessen the exacerbation of pain. However, some of them might cost you money, but it is effective for treatment nonetheless. Be sure to ask your doctor first before trying out these methods to reduce chronic pain.

 

Sleep is Important For Everyone's Health.

Using memory foam.

In the past, the concept of using memory foam materials was significantly less enthusiastic due to its extravagant price; however, because of the increasing demands and competition in the market, memory foams are now considerably affordable. Memory foams are known to be used in bedroom products like pillows and mattresses. This is because the foam was made to follow the contours of the body, thus making sleep more comfortable. It reduces the incidence of pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bed sores. Some manufacturers add materials to help induce sleep via aromatherapy.

There is no endeavor that we cannot handle; even these simple methods of reducing chronic pain can help alleviate the bothersome ache you’ve been complaining about. Chronic pain shouldn’t hinder you from enjoying your life. Stay lively, live healthy!

This is a guest blog written by Alexe Chasanov of Divan Beds Centre

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