Chronic Pain: Why Restful Sleep Is Important

When you’re living with chronic pain, it can be difficult to get the quality sleep you need to function. A regular routine of restful sleep is vital to your healing process. If you’re not getting enough hours in, you may be increasing the severity of your pain. 

At DMC Healthcare, experienced chiropractor Bryan Weddle, DC, understands how disruptive chronic pain can be in your life. Dr. Weddle specializes in the latest chiropractic techniques to treat chronic pain in your neck, back, knees, and shoulders to increase your mobility and help you get the sleep you need.

The link between sleep and chronic pain

If you’ve ever had a bad night of sleep, you likely notice that your chronic pain feels even worse the next day. A lack of sleep not only intensifies your pain, it can also lead to additional health problems, some of which can add even more pain into your life, such as:

Many who lack good sleep patterns are also prone to developing mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Adding another layer of complexity to the mix is the difficulty determining if your chronic pain is causing poor sleep or if your lack of sleep is causing your chronic pain.

As many as 70 million adults in the United States struggle with some type of sleep disorder, like insomnia and sleep apnea. These conditions may be putting them at increased risk for developing chronic pain that further complicates their sleep patterns.

The many benefits of restful sleep

Getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep each and every night is essential for good health. If you’re getting six or less hours of sleep on a regular basis, your risk factors for disease may be on the rise.

If you’re already living with chronic pain, it’s important to understand that restful sleep is the time when your body fights back against damage, naturally healing itself from the inside out. While you sleep, your body is working at a cellular level producing extra proteins to repair the physical damage of injuries, stress, and exposure to toxins.

In addition to increasing your energy and reducing the severity of your pain, quality sleep also offers health benefits like:

Reduced inflammation

Daily stress increases inflammation throughout the body, which can become chronic and painful. A routine of restful sleep helps to lower stress hormones and ease inflammation.

Weight loss support

Being overweight puts additional pressure on your joints and body in general. Getting enough sleep each night can support healthy weight loss by regulating your metabolism and giving you the energy you need to stay active.

Memory function

When your body’s at rest, your brain keeps working and making connections to boost your memory. You also feel much more alert and able to focus following a restful sleep.

The chiropractic services available at DMC Healthcare can also support relaxation and restful sleep. Dr. Weddle can ensure your spine is in alignment to support the overall function of your body.

With regular chiropractic care and a focus on healthy sleep habits, you can help your body heal naturally. Schedule a chiropractic consultation by calling DMC Healthcare or by booking an appointment online now. 

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