Anybody who has ever suffered any type of pain will always find sleeping difficult and struggle to get adequate rest. Disturbed sleep can make it more difficult for your body to heal.

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Solving Sleep Problems

Back Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain , Hip Pain and Knee Pain make it really difficult to find a comfortable position to lie. Shoulder pain is another problem that gets worse at night.

Musculoskeletal injuries have huge effects on our ability to sleep and rest. Increasing fatigue and has massive effects on our stress levels and how we cope with pain both acute and chronic (persistent).

Sufferers with chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes almost always suffer poor sleep patterns and usually need to prioritise sleep as part of their treatment.

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How Pain Signals To The Brain

The way our brains interpret the sensation of pain can be affected by not only our physical health but also by our moods and how we feel mentally. This is why good clean sleep is hugely important for people dealing with pain.

People are always told that we need at least 8 hours of sleep. At times this can be unrealistic. We live in a very fast-moving world, with a lot of early starts for commuting to work, young families, and trying to hold down a career. All roads collectively lead to less hours in bed resting!

Poor sleep practices lead to fatigue, poor mood, poor mental function and may even lead to weight gain. Studies have shown that poor sleep patterns over a longer term can also lead to cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Even Alzheimers and other forms of dementia have all been linked to poor sleep.

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Poor Sleep Causes More Pain and Less Recovery

I want to concentrate on poor sleep and pain. When you sleep your body can repair tissue damage. All the tissues of your body can rest and it gives the body time to focus on repairing the damage!

So less sleep means less repairing and slower recovery from injury. And we know the longer any type of musculoskeletal injury goes uncorrected the greater the chance of developing chronic or persistent pain.

If you are suffering from both chronic and acute pain – sleep must play a big part in your treatment. Like diet, hydration and exercise sleep must be improved!

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Tips to Get to Sleep When Dealing With Pain

It’s more difficult to fall asleep when dealing with pain, so it’s important to make sleep a priority. Prepare for bed and sleep. Learning how to sleep while in pain starts by retraining your brain with healthy thoughts and behaviors.

Deep breathing, mindfulness techniques, and sleep apps have shown to help but I think the less stimulus the better so I’d be more in favour of mindfulness techniques.  These techniques can take time to master but persevere. 

Avoid the following:

  • Stimulants like screens, in fact there should be no screens in the bedroom
  • Caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime
  • Refined sugar!

Meditation and exercise early in the day can also help cope with the pain and prepare for better sleep.

To summarise better sleep will help with pain both physically in repair of damaged tissues but also mentally as good sleep affects how we interpret pain.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Lack Of Sleep Causing Pain?

A third of the (US) population don’t get enough sleep, on a regular basis. While the lack of sleep isn’t the cause of the pain, it has been shown in numerous studies that the lack of sleep can increase the perception of pain in affected patients. (Journal Of Neuro Science)

Does Your Body Heal Faster While You Sleep?

It depends on the injury. Sleep is the time when your body recovers from previous exertion, so you will immediately feel benefits to your tired muscles and tendons after sleep. This in turn can alleviate the stiffness on your joints, allowing the body to heal. Blood flow to injured areas has been observed as increasing, so this will also help.

Why Can't You Sleep After Exercise?

Having a very vigorous exercise session just before bedtime makes it more difficult to sleep, a lot of the time. Your body is still very stimulated by the exercise – your heart-rate and blood pressure will still be elevated. If you are consuming any stimulants like caffeine or energy-drinks, this is going to make it worse. Best to train an hour or two before bedtime so you can un-wind before sleep.

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