Acute Pain Management Requires Restful Sleep

Using Sleep for Acute Pain Management

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Does your doctor have you on an acute pain management routine? Do you realize that a good night’s sleep will help that routine to be more successful?

Anytime you improve the quality of your sleep, it is going to help you to stay more physically active which will in turn help you to sleep better the next night. The “Circle of life” so to speak.

Chronic pain is pain that lingers or lasts. If you have a sore back, pain in your legs, etc., basically any pain that is uncomfortable enough to keep you awake at night, you most likely are not getting enough sleep.

All of us need a certain amount of sleep each night. You need sleep to feel rested and refreshed for each and every day. Enough sleep allows are memory to function as well as other important tasks we need to complete each day.

There are certain types of chronic pain such as orthopedic or arthritis pain which may be terribly uncomfortable at night and prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you get a reduced amount of sleep (sleep maintenance insomnia) you may have problems staying asleep. And, while acute pain management routines are helpful during the day, too many times they are less so at night.

If you do not get enough rest or sleep at night your body can become more sensitive to pain. Even if you are a normal, healthy adult, lack of sleep and rest will make you more sensitive to pain.

Unfortunately, taking prescription drug medications can actually interrupt your sleep. Some of the drugs that contain codeine or morphine can cause some people to have insomnia.

Some of the more recognizable chronic pains are headaches, back pain and TMJ syndrome. If you experience arthritis and/or fibromyalgia you could also be suffering from chronic pain and not getting enough sleep.

All of these disorders are extremely painful and trying to sleep while you are in pain does not usually go hand-in-hand.

Did you know that chronic arthritis pain can actually interfere with your circadian rhythm? If your circadian rhythm is affected by a certain gene, this gene may actually activate a molecule which sparks inflammation in people with arthritis. People suffering with arthritis pain usually suffer more in the morning after waking than any other time of day.

To get a good night’s sleep, or reduce your sleeping disorder symptoms, try meditating or relaxation techniques. If those or other methods you decide to try do not work, and you are still not getting a good night’s sleep, seek the help of a doctor. Your doctor may try medication, talk therapy or physical therapy.

There really is no reason to suffer with chronic pain when there really is a myriad of options for relief. You don’t have to lose sleep when there is plenty of help available.


Sleep and Weight Gain

The Link Between Sleep and Weight Gain

Lack of sleep isn’t any fun. But did you know that it can actually play a role in putting on weight? Yep, maybe you have just found the reason why your fat burning and weight reduction efforts have proven ineffective up to now. Important studies tell us that sleeplessness will not directly result in extra weight. But, there is certainly a link between sleep and weight gain.

However the conscious routines that a number of people make to address the tired, sluggish feelings they have during the day that develop from insomnia could be inducing you to put on weight.

Think about it for a minute. You turn and toss during the night, you struggle to fall asleep, and when you do, you are sleeping restlessly. Just when you’re enjoying some wonderful deep sleep, your alarm reminds you you have bills to cover. You get sluggishly out of bed and go to the kitchen, directly for the coffee maker.

Sugar to the Rescue!

Generous quantities of sugar in your morning java get you going through an energy boost. But after only an hour or two at the job, you need to take a candy treat, doughnut or snack for another shot of energy.

The day finally ends, and you are still so beat and worn out you decide to pass up your scheduled visit to the gym.

When you arrive home, you’ll find kids and dinner as well as dishes and other responsibilities you need to tend to. You certainly cannot do that if you’re sleepy, so you reach for an energy drink or soda. By the time that you’re set to go to bed, you will be so sugar-packed and caffeine-injected that there is simply no earthly way you will sleep well.

So your insomnia starts once again, nurturing this sleep deprived routine of waking behaviors that virtually beg for an insomnia instance night after night. How do you deal with this behavior which works to cement the link between sleep and weight gain?

You should keep a daily log which chronicles your every daily action, as well as your sleep habits during the night. This will help your doctor spot poor health patterns which might be creating your sleeping disorder symptoms in the first place. And if this journal shows that you’re not personally accountable for your insomnia, light therapy can be given as a good treatment for resetting your natural clock.

Time Your Meals and Snacks

You should also never eat or drink foods with sugar and/or caffeine 8 hours before you anticipate falling asleep. It’s been proven that sleeping and waking up at the same time each day and night can produce a comfortable rhythm which results in improved sleep, and also to better daily performance.

Be sure that you are consuming at least 2 quarts (8 cups) of water every day. This cuts down on water retention that also adds weight, but it also helps regulate your digestive tract helping you to sleep more. Just try not to drink too many liquids within a couple of hours of bedtime. That triggers nighttime potty visits that disrupt your sleep.

Health professionals know that sleep loss on it’s own doesn’t magically cause your body to gain weight. But the link between sleep and weight gain can lead to day-to-day habits on your part making your body horde fat, and putting on weight is a normal result.