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When chronic pain is the enemy of sleep

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

According to statistics from the 2015 Sleep in America™ Poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation: 

  • Nearly a quarter of those who suffer with chronic pain report higher stress levels
  • Nearly half of those who suffer with chronic pain experience problems at work due to pain-related sleep loss 
  • People who suffer with chronic pain lose 42 minutes a night of sleep because of it. That translates into nearly 5 hours weekly, and over 10 days annually. Sleep debt like this can be extremely difficult to overcome
  • A third of those who suffer with chronic pain cannot get enough sleep even when they try to do so for their health and well being

Clearly, pain is the enemy.

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