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Pain and Sleep

Sleep and pain

Pain can rear its ugly head in many different forms. From arthritis to fibromyalgia and gout, pain can feel relentless, especially when it comes to interrupting sleep. Back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps — do any of these sleep disruptors ring a bell for you? The funny thing is sleep is often the best respite from pain, however, pain discomfort often puts off sleep. Frustrating, right?

The topic of pain and sleep is tied closely to that of aging and sleep. A much higher percentage of seniors experience chronic pain than young and middle-aged adults. It’s estimated that 50-80% of chronic pain patients report sleep disturbances. This ultimately has detrimental effects on quality of life and health. Pain makes it hard to sleep, poor sleep makes the pain worse, and, working together, both lead to depression, which then affects sleep, which then causes more pain and so on. This vicious cycle can continue as one symptom plays off of another indefinitely.

Cause and Affect:

Does pain make it harder to sleep or does lack of quality sleep make the pain feel worse? The answer is both. Sleep is our bodies’ chance to recover and heal itself. When you are well rested, pain tolerance is higher. It’s important not to discount the effect that a good night’s sleep can have on a person’s quality of life and ability to tolerate pain. Hyperalgesia – increased sensitivity to pain – is a result of loss of REM sleep. Interestingly enough, the opioid drugs used to treat severe pain actually suppress REM sleep and may make patients more sensitive to the pain they feel — causing more of a need for the drugs.

Lower back pain is known to affect both the quality and length of sleep. To combat seemingly unavoidable lower back pain paired with lack of sleep, pharmaceutical companies have introduced combination drugs – over-the-counter pills that include both a sleep aid (an antihistamine) and an analgesic, for example, Tylenol PM. This is temporary relief from the pain. It does not fix the problem. Your body can become accustomed to combination pills such as Tylenol PM making it even more difficult to find sleep without them.

It’s easier said than done to ditch the pain pills and look for other solutions to find painless sleep. People want instant relief and that is something that is hard to come by outside of pain pills. Don’t lose hope. There are other solutions. In fact, the solution is simpler than the issue and it starts with your bed.

The solution: A high quality sleep system that is engineered to permanently relieve back pain (resulting in relieving an assortment of other pain points) and illicit quality sleep.

When your spine is supported correctly during your 8 hours of sleep just think of how that affects your alignment and the potential it provides for relieving pain. Our German engineered system works with your body so that you can benefit fully from your restorative sleep.

How does it work?

The Thevo patented technology, MiS, naturally activates the neurons in your brain stem by responding to your movements throughout the night with micro-sized counter movements. When the weight of your body presses on one of the wing-springs of the ThevoRelief underframe, the other side provides collateral support preventing you from sinking into the mattress.

These micro-movements relieve pain by giving your brain the reassurance it needs to fall asleep faster and accomplish restorative sleep with multiple REM cycles. While your body is being stimulated by the micro movements, your spine is supported and perfectly aligned by the Swiss, precision cut foam. This system is proven to help individuals find rest!