Breaking The Pain Cycle With Sleep

There have been numerous studies that have explored the possible causative effects of both pain that disrupts sleeping patterns and disruptive sleeping patterns that may trigger or exacerbate chronic pain. There are several abstracts of some studies here , here , and here that purport interesting association. One important factor to consider with those who experience chronic low to moderate levels of pain, especially those who exercise, is that many times the chronic pain is seemingly associated with the specific exercise itself. And that may make sense. But if we delve into the specific idea that part of exercise includes a natural disruption to multiple systems including neuromuscular/skeletal muscular, and the fact that the sufficient recovery of these systems is dependent on consistent quality/quantity of sleep, we need to take a better look at how we can improve sleep itself instead of looking for the remedies (i.e. pharmaceuticals) that may only mask the pain instead. That may not be the safest or long term healthful way to go so…

Here is a list of things to consider that may have a significant impact on your sleep and that you can certainly take control of. This list is not at all exhaustive but let’s start here:

It would be remiss of me to not bring this up. But for people who go to the gym or do any type of training with purpose in making improvement in any area from exercise/training/working out…most any level of pain can mitigate or down-regulate the many physiological processes/pathways necessary to allow these adaptations to actually occur.