The relationship between chronic pain and sleep disorders, such as insomnia, is more complex than it may seem: new research from the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders shows that it’s not as simple as physical discomfort being the direct cause of disrupted sleep patterns.
According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, the study “suggests that an array of sleep problems – including difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep, early awakening, non-restorative sleep and fatigue – are important predictors for the future development of (chronic widespread pain) both over a five-year and an 18-year span.”
Poor sleep quality is linked to increased risks for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. This new research suggests that fatigue and pain may actually be caused by abnormalities in pain systems in the body, rather than merely sleep issues as was once thought.
In short, the relationship between sleep and chronic pain is one that researchers are still trying to understand; but what is absolutely clear is that quality sleep is essential to your physical and mental wellbeing in countless ways.
If you suffer from chronic pain and insomnia, you know that it can be a vicious cycle: the lack of sleep can exacerbate your pain, which then keeps you awake, which can lead to depression and anxiety about being tired and in pain. And since it can be dangerous to take both pain medications and anti-anxiety medications at the same time, it may feel like you are stuck in this pattern forever.
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Alpha-Stim is unlike any other medical device on the market because it treats both the body and the brain. For treating pain, relief is delivered directly to the site of the problem using two handheld Smart Probes. For anxiety, insomnia, and depression, Earclip Electrodes clip onto your earlobes to deliver cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) in treatments as brief as 20 minutes per day.
With Alpha-Stim, relief is long lasting and often immediate. Results are cumulative, so you’ll need to use it less and less over time – unlike with medications, which often require a higher dose as your body adapts. In other words, you’ll be flipping that vicious cycle into reverse: you’ll be getting better, longer sleep, and experiencing less pain and mental distress as a result, which will lead to even more quality sleep.
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