sleep

Sleep  is really important for everyone, but especially for those who suffer  from chronic pain, as fatigue can make chronic pain worse. 


Sleep  is the time when our bodies repair themselves, both physically (torn  muscle fibers) and psychologically (working through fears and anxiety).  Each sleep cycle (which lasts about 100 minutes) is divided into  physically repairing sleep and psychologically repairing sleep. Age  affects this balance, for example babies spend almost all of their  sleeping hours in psychologically reparative sleep (dreaming), whereas  older adults spend more time in physically repairing sleep. 

When  anxiety, depression or poor sleep habits interfere with sleep patterns,  the natural ability of the body to repair itself becomes disrupted.

While  there a number of sleeping pills marketed today, many come with nasty  side effects such as addiction, depression, increased accidents and none  are approved as long term sleeping aids. What does work well for sleep  however, is something called sleep hygiene and CBT-i or cognitive  behavioural therapy for insomnia. CBT-i is aimed at changing sleep  habits and busting myths about sleep and insomnia, that make sleep  difficulties continue. The main steps of CBT-i are: sleep education,  stimulus control, and sleep restriction therapy. 


NOTE: IF YOU SNORE OR EVER STOP BREATHING AT NIGHT, YOU MAY HAVE SLEEP APNEA, AND SHOULD HAVE A SLEEP STUDY DONE. 

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Dealing with insomnia

This short video explains what you need to know about how to get a better night's sleep.

SLEEP RESTRICTION THERAPY

Not for the faint of heart, and not recommended as a first line option for insomnia, sleep restriction therapy can be very helpful for some people.

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PMR for insomnia

Progressive Muscle Relaxation can help you unwind for sleep.

helpful apps for sleep

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