On Episode 5, we featured a story on sleep deprivation and the added challenge of getting adequate sleep when also managing either chronic or acute pain. These five resources may provide various tools and tips for how to improve your night's sleep!
Sleep Aids for People with Chronic Pain
This article from Spine-Health offers information on sleep aids and techniques that aim to improve quality of sleep for those that suffer from chronic pain. Spine-Health was developed by a group of multi-specialty medical professionals as a resource for people experiencing and seeking advice relating to neck and back problems and related conditions. This article was written by Andrew R. Block, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Texas Back Institute, Director of The Well Being Group in Plano, Texas and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center.
Eat Your Way to Better Sleep
The key to maintaining normal sleep is to maintain a normal eating schedule, and this article explains just how to go about doing so. This piece comes from American Nutrition Association, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization made up of healthcare professionals that strive to promote positive nutrition and health.
Better Sleep Found by Exercising on a Regular Basis
Studies show that exercise improves sleep, but don't expect results overnight - it takes time to reap the benefits. This informative article comes from Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and Fellow of The American Academy of SleepMedicine. Specializing in sleep disorders, he is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus appears regularly on Psychology Today, a publication made up of articles about human behavior by renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers.
This sleep quiz is easy and informative. Simply check off symptoms that you experience to find out about your quality of sleep and if you may suffer from a sleep disorder. This quiz comes from the Sleep Management Institute, a board of certified sleep physicians with multiple locations in the United States.
Guided Meditation with Deepak Chopra
If you're looking to try out guided sleep meditations, this one, by the renowned Deepak Chopra, is a great place to start. Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., is an author, public speaker, and a global leader and pioneer in the mind-body medicine field and New Age Movement. This meditation can be found on Health.com, a site produced by editors and journalists and reviewed by doctors, experts, patients, and advocates. It's articles deliver relevant information by putting health into context in its readers' lives.