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HOW DOES CHRONIC PAIN AFFECT YOUR SLEEP?
Have you been struggling with restless nights due to persistent pain? Do you wake up uncomfortable in the middle of the night? Does simply falling asleep pose problems, with aches and pains following every move you make? If so, you are not alone. According to the 2015 Sleep in AmericaTM Poll, 21% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can have significant adverse effects on sleep patterns. If your pain has been keeping you up at night, contact Marketplace PT today. Why pain impacts sleep: Pain is strongly correlated with two large concerns in regard to general wellness: stress and poor health. These concerns are also strongly correlated with abnormal sleeping patterns, resulting in shorter sleep durations and decreased quality of sleep. When pain is combined with stress and poor health, you create a trifecta of distress on your body, which can make it difficult to achieve a healthy and full REM cycle every
night. In fact, 1 in 4 people with a chronic pain condition are also diagnosed with a sleeping disorder by a doctor. Those suffering from chronic pain lose an average of 42 minutes of sleep per night – some even higher than that. In the same poll, 65% of Americans who were not experiencing chronic pain reported having “good” or “very good” sleep quality, while only 37% of Americans who were experiencing chronic pain reported similar results. In addition, 23% of the chronic pain sufferers also reported higher levels of stress. Sleep is an essential factor in overall health and wellness. It is crucial to the ways in which our bodies function day after day. When pain results in issues with sleep, your daily life can be greatly impacted. Many people with chronic pain report that their sleeping abnormalities have interfered with work, activities, relationships, mood, and overall enjoyment of life.
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Health & Wellness NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring For Your Body
AFFECT YOUR SLEEP? How Does Chronic Pain
INSIDE • How Does Chronic Pain Affect Your Sleep? • How Can I Improve My Sleep? • Exercise Essentials • Sleep Workshops
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SLEEP?
It can seem difficult to feel as if you are in control of your own sleeping schedule and patterns when you are suffering from chronic pain. People who are diagnosed with sleeping disorders tend to worry more about how their lack of sleep will impact their health, thus creating more toxic stress. They may also exhibit greater sleep sensitivity, making it easier for them to wake up to small environmental changes while they are sleeping (such as a creaky floorboard or a shift in sleep position.) However, there are some steps you can take tomake sleeping as comfortable as possible for you and try to make up some of the sleep debt you experience each night. The environment in which you sleep is one of themost important factors in creating a good night’s sleep. This includes: 1. Noise. If you experience sleep sensitivity, it is important to make sure that any unexpected noises are limited in your bedroom. Sleeping with a white noisemachine or fan can help eliminate any additional environmental noises that may wake you up in the middle of the night. 2. Light. If your room lets in excessive amounts of light in the morning, it may be beneficial to invest in some blackout curtains. Keeping your room dark will help you stay asleep through the night, even as the sun is rising. It is a great way to gain asmuch sleep as you can before your alarmgoes off in the morning.
3. Temperature. Have you ever woken up sweating, only to throw the blankets off and wake up freezing a couple hours later? The temperature in which you keep your bedroom has a large effect on your sleep. Your body temperature naturally decreases as away to initiate sleep, so keeping a cooler bedroom can help facilitate your slumber. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the optimumbedroom temperature for a good night’s sleep should be between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. If you feel cold, wearing socks or keeping a hot water bottle by your feet can help dilate blood vessels and increase your internal thermostat. 4. Mattress. It may come as no surprise that what you actually sleep on also has a profound effect on the way you sleep. According toTuck Sleep, mattresses withmid-level firmness ratings (4-6 out of 10) tend to help the most with alleviating pain, as they provide a balance between comfort and support. Mattresses that are too soft or too firm can actually increase pain levels during sleep, as they can create more pressure and target certain pain points. Sleep is an essential part of daily function, and you shouldn’t let your pain rob you from it! If you are experiencing sleep deprivation due to your chronic pain, contact Marketplace PT today. We’ll provide you with helpful tips for gaining sleep and improving your daily life, free from pain and exhaustion.
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Why You Need 7-9 HOURS OF SLEEP
There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by on and the amount you need to function optimally. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, though, it’s a recipe for chronic sleep deprivation. Just because you’re able to operate on six or seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help fill in the gap. Signs that you’re not getting enough sleep. If you’re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night, chances are you’re sleep deprived. What’s more, you probably have no idea just how much lack of sleep is affecting you.
How is it possible to be sleep deprived without knowing it? Most of the signs of sleep deprivation are much more subtle than falling face first into your dinner plate. Furthermore, if you’ve made a habit of skimping on sleep, you may not even remember what it feels like to be truly wide-awake, fully alert, and firing on all cylinders. Maybe it feels normal to get sleepy when you’re in a boring meeting, struggling through the afternoon slump, or dozing off after dinner, but the truth is that it’s only “normal” if you’re sleep deprived.
You may be sleep deprived if you. • Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time • Rely on the snooze button • Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning • Feel sluggish in the afternoon • Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms • Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving • Need to nap to get through the day • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening • Feel the need to sleep in on weekends • Fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed
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Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to keep your body strong and flexible...
WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palm face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead.
PIRIFORMIS STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee with your opposite hand and draw your knee up and over towards your opposite shoulder.
Exercises copyright of
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Healthy Seasonal Recipe ASPARAGUS RISOTTO
INGREDIENTS • 4 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth • 1 1/2 cups water • 1 tbsp butter • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large) • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
• 1/2 cup dry white wine • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS Place 1 cup asparagus and 1 cup broth in a blender; puree until smooth. Combine puree, remaining 2 cups broth, and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until
liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup broth mixture; cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining puree mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in remaining 3 cups asparagus; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, cream, salt, and pepper. Transfer risotto to a bowl. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
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