There are many studies that seek to understand the relationship between sleep and pain. Disturbed sleep is a main complaint of many people who suffer from acute and chronic pain. Sleep and pain interact in complex ways. When you are in pain, it is easy to see why sleep may be hard to come by. And when you don’t get enough sleep, the pain can feel worse. Researchers call this bidirectionality. The research also shows that treatment must focus on getting rid of pain and increasing the quality of sleep at the same time for maximum results.
It’s interesting that the research agrees that sleep and pain are related, but there is no clear consensus on treatment. An article titled “Does Effective Management of Sleep Disorders Improve Pain Symptoms?” explores the effects of treating insomnia as a way of also improving pain. Further investigation is needed, but it offers compelling clinical data that shows the cause and effect relationship between pain and sleep.
I have seen this problem in many of my patients over the years. I have been recommending magnesium for years and recently discovered a magnesium product that also had melatonin in it (a hormone used to regulate sleep). All of my patients that have taken Magnesium + have reported that their sleep is improved drastically. While anecdotal, the results are the same. Improving sleep decreases pain. Magnesium helps the muscles relax and the melatonin aids in regulating the sleep cycle. I have taken it myself many times and note that I sleep deeply and feel rested when I wake up, even if I don’t get a full 8 hours. I also don’t wake up groggy, like you would taking prescription sleep aids. Magnesium + is safe and natural.
Treating insomnia may not get rid of your pain, but it most certainly will help you feel better. Who doesn’t want a good night’s rest?