How Better Sleep Can Help You Manage Your Pain
Sleeping With Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Shoulder Pain
Quality of sleep and the pain you experience go hand in hand. Whether you have chronic pain or just “slept in a funny position” you’ve experienced stiffness or soreness in the morning. Aches and pains can keep you from sleeping well or cause you to wake up during night. If that describes your situation, you’re not alone. Chronic pain interrupts the sleep of 20% of Americans multiple times per week.1 It’s a vicious spiral that can reduce your quality of life. Equally as important, quality sleep allows your body to recuperate and gives you the mental energy to face your day fully.
A 2013 study found that poor sleep is a RELIABLE predictor for the worsening of existing pain or development of new pain. It goes on to say that poor sleep likely interferes with your body’s natural pain management processes.2
You might be surprised to learn that poor sleep can actually cause you to feel more pain than you would otherwise and quality sleep can reduce your sensitivity to pain.2 Research has found that pain intensity can be greatly affected by the number of hours you slept the night before.3 Armed with this information you can see how important it is to manage your pain during the day and get the best sleep possible at night. With a healthy sleep routine, you may even be able to reduce the amount of pain medication need to take.
Your healthy sleep routine needs to be built on good sleep habits. We know that it takes about three weeks for a habit to become ingrained. Pick a few things from this list and dedicate yourself to making the changes for 21 days. You have to give yourself a chance to succeed. If after 21 days you think the routine is working, it will be that much easier to continue because you’ve already built the habits.