Sleep Apnea and Pain by Christie Dental

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Florida Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center, as a team of dedicated practitioners and staff, is constantly working to identify, educate and provide treatment for people suffering from sleep disordered breathing.

The link between chronic pain and sleep disordered breathing is well established.

 

Pain and sleep are integrally connected.  Chronic pain is very common and even more common in people who have poor sleep, and it becomes a vicious cycle.  Pain greatly affects your ability to sleep, and the lack of sleep makes the pain substantially worse.

Pain can be the main reason that someone wakes up multiple times at night, and this results in a decrease in sleep quantity and quality and, on the flip side, sleep deprivation can lower your pain threshold and pain tolerance and make existing pain feel worse.

 

The first step is to figure out if the lack of sleep is contributing to the pain cycle or if the pain is causing a lack of sleep, and then you treat which ever is prevalent.

 

Pain may not be the only problem interfering with your sleep.  Some people may also have an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.  Treating an underlying sleep disorder may improve a person’s response to and tolerance of chronic pain. An evaluation to be sure there is no underling sleep disorder is recommended.

 

The first step in making this determination is to take the online sleep survey linked below.  Based on the results, you may need a follow-up home study to determine the severity of your sleep disorder.

 

We would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey.

 

 

Thank you.