Anyone who has experienced pain for several months or longer whether it’s arthritis, back pain, migraines, or something else are suffering from a condition known as chronic pain. Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects 42 million-50 million Americans, according to the American Pain Foundation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, two out of three people with chronic pain have trouble sleeping. Despite decades of research, chronic pain remains poorly understood and notoriously hard to control. Chronic and acute pain can cause stress and poor health. As a correlation, pain can lead to lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, shorter sleep, worse sleep quality, and insomnia. This lack of sleep is one of the most common and disruptive symptoms of pain.
In addition to preventing a person from falling asleep, pain also results in difficulty staying asleep. And once pain keeps you awake one night, it is likely to do the same thing again and again. Pain-related insomnia gets worse over time. Tracey Marks, MD, an Atlanta-based psychiatrist says, “Pain is a sensation you feel when nerves are stimulated to an intense degree… This stimulation activates the brain, which keeps you awake.”
Unfortunately, the process of pain and insomnia can become a vicious circle in which sleep deprivation makes you more sensitive to pain. Pain medications interrupt sleep. Unfortunately, some of the medications prescribed for pain, such as codeine and morphine, can cause insomnia.
Manage your Pain for better Sleep
The good news is that controlling your chronic pain reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep, and makes for better overall quality of life. And in even trying to manage pain, you can get a sense of control that is empowering and can aid in sleep.
Some pain management methods to aid in sleep are:
Use of pain medications – tell your doctor about the sleep problems you’re having as a result of your pain. Be sure to always follow the orders given to you by your healthcare professional. Painkillers and/or sleeping pills can help for some people, but they should only be used under the supervision of a doctor.
Calm yourself with meditation and other relaxation techniques – When done effectively, as little as 10 minutes of daily meditation can help you to mentally manage your pain. There are many different types of meditation, including guided meditation, tai chi, and yoga. But you can also improvise by using deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or focus on an object or scene.
Use of Home Ultrasound Therapy for Pain Relief – tackling the actual cause of pain with therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound can reduce pain in a drug-free, effective and convenient way.
Sonic Relief recommends keeping your Sonic Relief on your bedside table or near your bed for use on chronic pain
ailments before going to sleep. One 10-minute treatment before bed will initiate healing, inflammation reduction and pain relief that can last all night. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in managing chronic pain.
And, as a bonus, your Sonic Relief will be at your bedside table to do a treatment when waking up to help give you a pain free day. A pain free day means that you can be active and go about normal activities. And being active during the day is very important to getting better sleep.
Good Sleep Hygiene – better sleep, better life!
Practicing what’s known as “good sleep hygiene” is key to achieving a good night’s sleep. Some tips for people with sleep-affected chronic pain are: