If you’ve ever experienced chronic pain, you know that getting a good night’s sleep can feel like an impossible task. And if you’ve ever struggled with sleep issues, you know that pain can be a major culprit. But did you know that these two issues are actually closely related?
According to a recent meta-analysis published in the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews, poor sleep quality is significantly associated with increased pain sensitivity and pain-related disability. In other words, if you’re not getting enough rest, you’re more likely to feel pain. And if you’re in pain, you’re more likely to have trouble sleeping. It’s a vicious cycle that can be tough to break.
Improve Your Relationship Between Sleep and Pain
So what can you do to improve the relationship between sleep and pain? Here are a few strategies to try:
Create a relaxing bedtime routine. This might include winding down with a book or meditation, taking a warm bath, or practicing deep breathing exercises.
Invest in quality mattress and pillows. A supportive sleep environment can make a big difference in your ability to get restful sleep. There is no evidence that one type of mattress is better than another for sleep. The most important takeaway here is that you should be comfortable.
Practice stress management techniques. Chronic stress can contribute to both sleep problems and pain, so finding ways to manage stress can be beneficial for both issues.
Consider trying sleep aids or pain relief medication. In some cases, over-the-counter or prescription medication can help improve sleep quality and reduce pain. However, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new medication.
By taking steps to improve your sleep quality, you may be able to reduce your perception of pain and improve your overall quality of life. Don’t let the cycle of sleep and pain continue to hold you back – take control and start feeling your best.
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