Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

The world and life of a sleep tech

The Relationship between Pain and Sleep

Posted by amykr on March 20, 2009

The idea that treating just one symptom at a time is how medicine has worked. In recent years doctors have been taking a more holistic approach in caring for their patients. This has allowed research to be done looking at how such a thing as pain, both acute and chronic are associated with sleep. Thsi issue is important on many levels. With our community getting older this issue of pain caused from chronic issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back injuries are getting more common. This causes insomnia, increased sleep onset, and sleep fragmentation. All this means is that it keeps people from getting a continous sleep and may prevents deeper sleep and REM sleep, the period of time when you dream. This brings on a variety of symptoms including depression, fatigue, irritibility, short term memory loss, slower reflexes and slower mental processing. It also appears that pain levels of people who have a sleep problem during the acute phase of the condition are at an increased chance to have more severe chronic pain. With this knowledge it becomes more important to manage the whole patient. If the patient is having sleep issue including snoring, restless leg syndrome, or sleep apnea then they need to be treated especially in patients with chronic pain. It also becomes evident that if you have chronic pain that it needs to be managed properly. Treatments including medication, biofeedback, massage, and meditation have been used to help to relieve or decrease the intensity. The sleep part needs to also be treated. Sleep hygeine is the first thing to look at; a good bedtime routine and comfortable sleep environment. Treatment for other sleep issues such as teeth grinding, restless leg syndrome and snoring. Amy Korn-Reavis, RRT, RPSGT has been in the respiratory field for over twenty years. She has worked in all areas and is currently focusing on sleep and how to help the community feel better by sleeping better. She is the manager of Emery Sleep Solutions an independent testing facility located in Apopka, Florida. She is also the coordinator of A.W.A.K.E. Orlando a support group for people with sleep disorders http://awakeorlando.ning.com. If you have any questions about sleep or are looking for someone to speak at your community function she can be reached at areavis@emerymedicalsolutions.com

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