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.