Insomnia and Chronic Pain ~ Wicked Bedfellows

Many in Chronic Pain have tremendous difficulty sleeping…

And as we know, it’s a chicken-and-egg dilemma. Without proper rest it becomes significantly more difficult to manage one’s pain, in fact, research shows lack of proper sleep actually increases our pain, in as little as 3 days. Pain, with its hyperarousal and hypervigilant body and mind states, can make sleep extraordinarily challenging.

In addition, certain medications and the health issues that can accompany chronic pain (depression, PTSD) can also lead to issues with insomnia (defined as difficulty getting to, maintaining, or achieving quality deep sleep)…

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Honoring the Sabbath ~ A Considered Approach to Living with Chronic Pain

The Sabbath ~ Merriam-Webster defines it as a day of rest, originally “to rest”

Notably is the notion that honoring the Sabbath, may be of real benefit to those living with Chronic Pain.

In both Judaism and Christianity the idea of the Sabbath is well known, rooted in the Bible, one of the 10 commandments after all and the conclusion of the creation story (Genesis 2:2-3). There exist distinct differences in respect to various aspects of,  believes about and cultural methods for honoring the day of the Sabbath, but it is a practice that is well-rooted and practiced by many (although, with our ever-quickening society, challenging to implement).

Let us remember, despite various differences in respect to some of the particulars and practices, the underlying spirit is to take time, reflect, rest, and gather our hearts and spirits…

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