Pain and Sleep

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Guest blogger: Jennifer Thibodeau, Marketing Manager


According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2015 Sleep in America poll, 50% of survey respondents indicated that pain during sleep interferes with their work and 57% reported suffering from chronic pain within the previous week.

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Courtesy of sleepfoundation.org

Additionally, people with pain also reported feeling less control over their sleep, worrying more about lack of sleep affecting their health, and seemed to exhibit greater sleep sensitivity. Additionally, they appeared to be more likely than others to say environmental factors make it more difficult for them to get a good night’s sleep – including including noise, light, temperature and their mattresses alike, suggesting that paying attention to the bedroom environment may be particularly helpful to pain sufferers.

I’ve been plagued by Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 30 years now, and one way I’ve gotten some relief has been by putting a topper on my mattress. There are several types out there using various materials and with varying degrees of thickness. Mine happens to have been made by Royal-Pedic, a company that has long been well known for churning out top-notch bedding products. The topper does a couple things: it keeps my mattress in better shape as it’s a buffer between it and my sheets/body and it provides me with a plush feel that helps alleviate pain and discomfort in my joints. On top of which, it’s completely toxin-free so there are no icky chemicals to aggravate my allergies or to off-gas into my bedroom environment. If you suffer from chronic pain, I’d recommend you look into a topper or perhaps even a latex mattress, which can provide just the right pressure point relief to alleviate your nighttime aches and pains.

Do you find pain keeping you awake? Read more about pain, sleep, and prevention techniques, here >

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