- New study reveals yet ANOTHER reason why sleep problems are linked to pain
- Why bad sleepers should drink this after an operation
- Take this mineral at 6pm if you have trouble sleeping…
Last year I devoted a high number of emails to one subject…
My publisher – usually very wise in the way of health matters – questioned me on this.
He said: “Rich, is this the most pressing issue that our readers want help with?”.
And I guess, on the surface of it, he had a point…
For many people, sleep is an unimportant issue.
Hardly health threatening, they think.
When they hear others complain about sleep problems they might think they’re moaning about nothing.
What’s a few hours lost sleep here and there?
What’s really so bad about waking up in the night a few times? There are WARS doing on you know! Famine! Floods! Disease! Nuclear confrontations! Serious stuff!
Well, if you suffer from sleep problems you’ll know that it’s not trifling matter. It can seriously affect your life. The obvious things are tiredness, low mood, irritability, depression, strained personal relationship, work problems, inability to focus or concentrate…
It’s draining, dispiriting and downright frustrating.
Worse still, most people don’t count it as a ‘proper’ problem.
Broken leg? Everyone at work will sign your plaster.
Hernia operation? You’ll get lots of sympathy and “ouch” noises from friends.
Arthritis? It’s something everything worries about. Lots of sad shaking of heads and friendly advice,
Most of the time its…
“You’ll get over it”.
However, sleep problems go deeper than that.
It’s not just about a bad mood….
Is poor sleep making you seriously unwell?
The reason I did so much research last year into sleep was for a less obvious reason… but one with far more serious consequences.
Insufficient sleep increases your risk of developing several chronic health problems.
And it raises your risk of potentially life-threatening diseases.
To give you an idea…
Last year Scientists at the University of Arizona revealed the findings of a 40-year study into insomnia. They suggested that if you have insomnia for six years or more (that’s at least 3 nights of bad sleep each week) then you have a 58% increased risk of death from heart and lung conditions…
Plus a higher chance of having diabetes, obesity, dementia and depression.
Back in April 2015, research revealed that people with regular breathing problems during sleep were diagnosed with cognitive impairment an average of ten years before people without those breathing problems.
That’s quite a margin!
See what I mean? You have links to heart disease, lung disease and dementia – all from poor sleep.
This is why I devoted so much time to the subject.
You see, I believe that not enough people are worried about it. More people need to realise that it can be such a huge health threat.
It may be that the serious problems affecting YOUR life are actually be linked to sleep… without you realising it.
For instance, let’s look at a brand new piece of research, published in SLEEP last month.
Yet MORE evidence that sleep problems are linked to pain
Scientists found that brief periods of sleep deprivation before and after surgery worsens the pain and increases your recovery time.
Giancarlo Vanini, M.D, a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Michigan Medicine said: “There is a general long-standing interest in the relationship between sleep and pain, and we know that both are reciprocally related.”
He and his team found that lack of sleep increases your sensitivity to pain, particularly as you recover from an operation.
What was most interesting was what they decided might be a solution to this problem.
It’s a weird idea, because we all know that coffee helps you stay awake.
This is because caffeine blocks the activity of something called ‘adenosine’, a chemical in your brain that makes you feel sleepy.
But blocking the activity of adenosine can also block the increase in post-operative pain caused by sleep deprivation.
Well, Vanini says: “We think that caffeine might prevent the increase in pain sensitivity by blocking part of the neurochemical changes induced by sleep deprivation in specific brain areas that control sleep and wakefulness, and project to pain-related sites.”
In other words, there’s a link between that part of your brain that controls sleep, and the part that registers pain.
It’s early days for this research, but it sounds like coffee could be the surprise pain-blocker for people suffering after operations.
Try eating this at 6pm for a better sleep
As for getting a better quality of sleep, there are two simple natural approaches you can try…
• Take Magnesium at 6pm or earlier each day to boost your serotonin production. This will help put your body into a sleepy state. We have a carefully selected natural source on our website, which you can get here
• Also remember my email from the other week about eating your greens? Well, green vegetables give your body a better alkaline balance to makes you feel more restful. If you haven’t time to shop for, and cook, your greens, then try barley grass powder in some water before you go to bed.
For more information on how to get better sleep, check out these People’s Doctor posts on our website:
Finally, if you have experiences in getting better sleep or solving sleep-related problems, please do share them with us!
Until next time, stay healthy,