Sleep and pain often go hand in hand. Sleep has been shown to be an effective strategy for the management of pain, especially chronic pain however, not all sleep is created equal. Ethan, from out Mt Eden Physiotherapy clinic explains how sleep helps and some ideas to better your sleep.
There are 5 stages of sleep. Stages 1 and 2 are the lighter phases when we first go to sleep and then again wake up. Stages 3 and 4 are the deep sleep phases known as slow wave sleep and the final stage is rapid eye movement sleep (REM) where dreams occur. It is believed that in stages 3 and 4 is where the most healing and physical growth occur as the body produces complex proteins and growth hormones are released. Stage 5 is where much of our learning and transference of short to long term memory occurs.
Research shows that often those with chronic pain or under high stress levels struggle to get into stages three and four. Often waking even after a full night’s sleep feeling tired and exhausted. There is a reciprocal relationship between pain and sleep. Pain during the day can affect the quality of that night’s sleep and poor-quality sleep can increase pain levels the next day. This can bee seen as an endless cycle however there are a few techniques to help improve your sleep.
If you are suffering from any sort of pain and either need advice or would like us to help with a tailored rehabilitation plan for you, including sleep advice, make an appointment to come and see us at our Mt Eden Physiotherapy clinic today.