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Insomnia and Pain: A Chronic Cycle

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I Googled ‘insomnia’.

Result #1 of 75,600,000 was this definition from the Mayo Clinic: Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. 

Next, I found page after page of search results for sleep clinics, psychology articles, and ads for weighted blankets, special mattresses, medications, vitamin gummies, and something called Insomnia Cookies. By the way, those don’t claim to cure insomnia, but if you want warm cookies delivered at 3am, check them out.

Clearly the simple definition of insomnia does not illuminate the whole picture- how stressful sleep can become, how much lack of sleep impacts our cognitive and mental well-being, and how lack of sleep can adversely impact our health, workplace performance and relationships.

Anyone can experience a sleepless night once in a while, but if you regularly have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or don’t feel rested in the morning—and you also live with pain—you are experiencing a double setback. Insomnia and Pain: A Chronic Cycle , an article presented by Practical Pain Management, reviews the pain/insomnia connection, offers pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, and explains how cognitive behavioral therapy and other strategies can help you manage your pain and improve your sleep.

And, by the way, if you order the Insomnia Cookies, let me know how they are. https://insomniacookies.com/