Breaking the Chain of The Chronic Pain Sleep Cycle

Breaking the Chain of The Chronic Pain Sleep Cycle

In my acupuncture practice, I've seen firsthand the debilitating effects of chronic pain on my patients' lives. One of the most significant impacts, and one that often goes unnoticed, is the disruption of sleep.

Chronic pain and sleep disturbances form a vicious cycle, each exacerbating the other, leading to a decline in overall health and quality of life. But what if I told you that there's a natural way to break this cycle?

The Interplay of Chronic Pain and Sleep

Chronic pain can make falling asleep a challenge and staying asleep even more difficult. The discomfort can keep you tossing and turning, leading to fewer hours of sleep overall. Moreover, chronic pain can disrupt the normal sleep cycle, reducing the amount of time spent in the deeper, restorative stages of sleep. This can lead to a general feeling of depleted energy and fatigue, even if you spend enough time asleep.

To make matters worse, poor sleep can then exacerbate chronic pain. Lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold, making you more sensitive to pain signals. It can also increase inflammation in the body, which can worsen pain symptoms. It can also negatively affect mood, increasing perceptions of pain.

Breaking this Cycle Naturally

The good news is that there are natural ways to break this cycle. Two solutions that work for my patients are the use of a natural topical for pain relief like Hit! Balm and CBD sleep gummies or drops for sleep like our Moon Gummies and Moon Drops. When applied to the skin, Hit! Balm provides a soothing, alternatively cooling and warming sensation that can help relieve pain and inflammation.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has been shown to have a variety of health benefits. CBD sleep gummies or drops can be particularly beneficial for those struggling with sleep disturbances due to chronic pain. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, which can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Moreover, research suggests that CBD has pain-relieving properties as well.

The Importance of a Holistic Approach

Breaking the cycle of chronic pain and sleep disturbances is not just about symptom management; it's about improving overall health and quality of life. By addressing both pain and sleep, you can improve your mood, increase your energy levels, and enhance your body's natural healing processes.

My experience as acupuncturist and herbalist has shown me the importance of a holistic approach to health. This means looking at the whole person, not just individual symptoms. It means understanding the connections between different aspects of health, like pain and sleep. And it means using natural, non-invasive treatments whenever possible.

If you're struggling with chronic pain and sleep disturbances, I encourage you to consider trying our balm and gummies or drops. These natural remedies, combined with other treatments like acupuncture, can help to break the cycle of pain and sleep disturbances, leading to better health and a better quality of life. As always, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment regimen. Please reach out if you have any questions. If you are in Los Angeles, please consider making an appointment for further evaluation and acupuncture.

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