What type of sleeper are you? Do you fall asleep within seconds and then can’t be disturbed by anything, or do you toss and turn for hours and feel like you’re exhausted in the morning? According to studies, around 80% of working people have trouble sleeping. They either have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night – or both.
What are the consequences of lack of sleep?
If it is not a one-time exception, but a permanent condition, it inevitably leads to increasingly serious problems.
Surely everyone knows the first signs: you are tired and have a harder time concentrating than on days when you get out of bed freshly refreshed. But what else happens? If the poor quality of sleep persists, the symptoms spread. Many people tend to become more irritable or shiver more quickly. Work performance is reduced because one can no longer focus as usual.
But other functions of the body also react to the lack of sleep. The hormone ghrelin is increasingly produced. This is responsible for our feeling of hunger, as it stimulates appetite. Too little sleep therefore causes ravenous appetite! Therefore, it is especially important for people who want to lose weight to get enough sleep!
What does sleep have to do with pain?
Various studies have shown that lack of sleep directly affects pain perception. When our brain doesn’t get enough sleep and rest, it reacts differently to certain stimuli. Thus, activity increases in the somatosensory cortex, which is responsible for pain perception. In addition, areas that control pain processing become less active, so the areas that relieve pain are inhibited. The end result is that pain is felt more strongly.
For more detailed information, see the Journal of Neuroscience stud
→ The Pain of Sleep Loss: A Brain Characterization in Humans.
So we respond more sensitively and more intensely to stimuli when we are sleep-deprived. This plays a role in both acute and chronic pain.
Another aspect that emerged from studies was that pain leads to poorer sleep. Sleep is more restless and sufferers wake up more often. Pain and sleep are therefore mutually dependent and can have both positive and negative effects on each other.
If we free ourselves from pain, we can sleep better, we are more relaxed, and we are better equipped to deal with internal and external influences the next day.
What can you do?
At least with the pain in your muscular and fascial system we can support you with the Backrelease!
Whether caused by too little movement, bad posture or overload, adhesions in these areas inevitably lead to pain. Since our daily routines are often not very different, we are stuck in a repetitive cycle. The same posture at the same desk and in the same car… every day! That’s why the aches and pains don’t resolve on their own. Instead, they are triggered anew every day.
If you know such pain, for example in the shoulder-neck area or in the lumbar spine, then you have to actively do something about it! This is where the Backrelease helps you!
It has never been so easy to target the painful points and work on them with the necessary pressure. Self Myofascial Release is the name of this method and is your personal tool against pain and restricted movement. By regularly treating the affected areas, you can effectively release adhesions and regain the flexibility of the fascia. Your body comes back into balance and is again pain-free and balanced. Your sleep will be noticeably more restful and your body will get its necessary regeneration.
You have it in your own hands to positively influence your well-being!
If you already suffer from sleep disorders, you can find valuable information at sleepfoundation.org.
Laura, physiotherapist for ten years