When you suffer from pain, lack of sleep can be yet another symptom that stops you living life to the full. But even if you have found a pain relief solution that allows you to manage your pain levels well enough that you can get some deserved rest, there’s no denying that we live in stressful, turbulent times, which can also interrupt our sleep.
And with technology and constant news alerts, we’re more plugged in to developments unfolding around the... world than ever before. All of this can increase our stress levels.
In fact, a 2018 stress survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found that 74% of UK adults felt so stressed at some point over the previous year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
When stress goes unchecked, it can negatively affect your life in various ways. One particularly unpleasant potential effect of chronic stress is poor sleep. Those with chronic stress have reported sleeping less, having poorer sleep quality and finding it harder to function well during the day.
If you’re a chronic pain sufferer, feeling stressed and sleeping badly is the last thing you want to add to the list.
The good news though, is that we have much more control over our moods than we might imagine – so while we may not be able to completely eliminate stress from our lives, we can certainly feel less stressed. And when we feel less stressed, the quality of our sleep – and of our lives overall – is likely to improve.
One of the best tools we have for moderating our response to stress and improving our sleep and our lives – along with other lifestyle adjustments like exercising – is mindfulness meditation. Keep reading to learn more about this tool, and how you can make it work for you.