Importance of Sleep with Chronic Pain

According to a peer-reviewed study on The Importance of Sleep for People With Chronic Pain: there are “between 67% and 88% of individuals with chronic pain who experience sleep disruption and insomnia, and at least 50% of people with insomnia report chronic pain.” 


The link between sleep and chronic pain is unquestionable when you are in pain, staying asleep, getting asleep, and how heavy you sleep are all affected. On the other hand, when you are not well rested and getting the necessary amount of sleep, your pain can become worse. 


Inflammation, heightened sensitivity to pain, and resilience to pain are all ways that lack of sleep can increase the risk and effects of chronic pain which creates a vicious cycle. Depending on the level of disability with the pain, you may not be able to exercise or follow a healthy diet which are important for getting proper sleep as well.  


People who are experiencing both chronic pain and sleep deprivation are also more likely to experience poor mental health, obesity, heart disease, and many other health conditions. This is why it is important to break this cycle and get on the right path to restful sleep and less pain. 


Here are some ways to get restful sleep: 

  • Limit caffeine intake, screen time, and alcohol 
  • Exercise and follow a healthy diet
  • Meditation 
  • Make your room a sanctuary for sleeping (cool, dark, quiet) 
  • Create a bedtime routine


If you are experiencing chronic pain and would like answers and results, contact Midwest Pain Solutions today. Dr. Jackson Draeger will provide a no-cost consultation to answer your questions and lead you in the right direction. Call us at (920) 569-2350 today!


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