Is your chronic pain keeping you up all night and bringing you closer to what we call as insomnia? Chronic pain and insomnia are an unhealthy combination. When you’re enduring such kind of pain, then the nights are more excruciating than the days because when your body is at rest and in the immobile state then it can make your mind more alert and cause you to focus on the pain, which makes it harder to relax and drift off to dreamland.
When your pain bargains with sleep
Of all medical conditions, pain is the number one cause of insomnia. A lack of restorative sleep hampers the body’s immune response and can affect cognitive function. Thus, a vicious cycle develops in which the chronic pain disrupts one’s sleep, and difficulty sleeping makes the pain worse, which in turn makes sleeping more difficult. The term “insomnia” includes all types of sleeping problems, such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and waking up earlier than desired. A disrupted sleep will, in turn, exacerbate chronic pain and for people with chronic pain, trouble falling asleep is one of the most prevalent types of sleep disruption, but waking up during the night and waking earlier than desired are also frequent problems. In addition, many patients with chronic back pain problems do not feel refreshed in the morning when they awaken, a sleeping problem termed “non-restorative sleep.” It ultimately links itself with augmentation in pain, when we are not well-rested then our body becomes more sensitive to pain, making it feel worse and reducing the tolerance levels. It has been said that sleep affects everything from your moods and mobility to immunity, even your grasping power. Many of these are thought to be in sync with sleep, meaning they both influence and are influenced by the quality and quantity of rest we provide to our body.
Try to get the sleep you need
The right path to reducing pain will depend on the cause of your pain, as every person will have unique considerations. For some people, chronic pain not only makes it harder to fall asleep but can also interrupt sleep, and simply shifting position in bed can trigger pain from a chronic condition. Chronic pain puts you in double jeopardy: the pain robs you of restful sleep and makes you more fatigued, and thus more sensitive to pain. Staying on a regular sleep schedule is also important, meditation, visualization, or whatever relaxing distraction you favor can be practiced to get yourself some sound sleep. Keep a track of how many hours you log each night and try improving the proportion to enhance the quality of your sleep.