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Having a good night’s sleep helps individuals feel rested, energized, and alert. Pain often interferes with restful sleep, and conversely, the lack of sleep increases pain. Studies reveal that 67-88% of individuals with chronic pain suffer from sleep problems. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society reveal that adults aged 18 to 60 years require 7 or more hours of sleep per night on a regular basis for optimal sleep health. Restorative sleep requires not only the quantity of sleep to contribute to the healing process, but also the quality of sleep. An individual goes through several stages of sleep throughout the night. Health benefits typically occur during the 3rd and 4th stages of sleep, where chemical properties are released to replenish and repair the body. Consistent and quality sleep is an essential component of the healing process.

How Pain Impairs Sleep:

  • Pain continuously stimulates the nervous system
  • Difficulty with finding a comfortable position to sleep in
  • Increased awareness of pain when trying to fall asleep due to the absence of everyday distractions

How Sleep Deprivation Makes Pain Worse:

  • Intensifies sensitivity to pain
  • Aggravates inflammation
  • Prevents night-time release of growth hormone, which is necessary for stimulating growth and cell regeneration

Strategies for Improving Sleep Quality:

  • Having a consistent sleep-wake routine
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Releasing muscle tension
  • Trying a new mattress
  • Sleep aid medications
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Avoid vigorous exercise before bedtime
  • Avoid the use of electronic devices before bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine products

If you or someone you know is suffering from impaired sleep or interested in learning more about our all-natural, non-habit-forming sleep aid, contact us for a consultation with one of our providers at Remedy Pain Solutions.

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