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Ignore Pain and Sleep Well


Ignore Pain and Sleep Well

(ePharmaNews) - Some may find the quote of Gibran Kahlil Gibran " Much of your pain is self-chosen " is not exactly fair, but a recent study has shown that people with chronic pain who learn to think less about their pain may be able to sleep better, and they may also reduce their pain on a daily basis.

The study, published online in the journal Pain, included 214 people with chronic jaw and face pain, often considered to be stress related. The patients were white females, whose average age was 34.
The patients filled out questionnaires about sleep quality, depression, their pain levels and emotional responses, including whether they think about their pain often or exaggerate it.

According to the study, negative thinking was directly linked to both poor sleep and worse pain.
"We have found that people who ruminate about their pain and have more negative thoughts about their pain don't sleep as well, and the result is they feel more pain," study leader Luis Buenaver said.

"If cognitive behavioral therapy can help people change the way they think about their pain, they might end that vicious cycle and feel better without sleeping pills or pain medicine," he added.
The findings also may apply to people with other stress-related ailments such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, neck and back pain, and some headaches.

"It may sound simple, but you can change the way you feel by changing the way you think," Buenaver said.
In a related context, a previous research proved that negative thinking can make pain therapies less effective. During the study, researchers scanned the brains of patients while administering different pain medications that resulted in various levels of relief from pain. The study found that positive and negative thinking can actually affect how the brain interprets pain and how well pain medications work on the patient.
 

This study supports previous studies results, including 16 studies that looked at patients' attitudes toward health, that showed an optimistic attitude can do wonders for patients' recovery,
   
"You can't blame people for their diseases, but how you go through your life with the grit and determination to make it through, that you do have control over and that makes a difference" Researchers said.
 


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