About Sleep Loss Due to Aches and Pains
Q: On average, how many hours of sleep should Canadians aim to get each night?
Medical professionals recommend adults get at least six hours of quality sleep per night. Getting appropriate sleep can help you wake up feeling refreshed and alert for whatever the day has in store.
Q: Why is sleep so important?
Getting a good night sleep is important, as it plays a key role in many aspects of health and well-being. Like proper nutrition and exercise, sleep is essential and is at the core of all our body functions. It also affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis, and can have a major impact on our overall quality of life.
Q: How does pain affect the ability to sleep?
Pain can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep and even cause you to wake up earlier in the morning than you would have liked. It also prevents you from getting the deep, restful sleep you need. That’s why, even if you do get some shut-eye, you may not feel rested.
Pain, stress and sleeplessness can form a vicious cycle for sufferers. If someone experiences poor sleep due to pain one night, he or she is likely to experience more problems the next night and so on. It can get worse and worse every night.
Q: What affect does losing sleep have on us?
Getting less than six hours of quality sleep per night can have a negative impact on your quality of life. When we lose sleep due to aches and pains, not only do we feel less productive and engaged the next day, those around us may be impacted too.
According to the Advil® Nighttime Take Action Audit, 89 per cent of Canadians who lose sleep due to pain admit to feeling frustrated when they can’t get a good night’s sleep. And it doesn’t stop there. The survey also shows when we lose sleep due to pain we are:
- Less productive at home and work
- Less able to concentrate
- More forgetful with everyday tasks
- More easily distracted
- Less patient with our spouses, kids and colleagues
- Not as refreshed / awake in the morning
- Less social
- More emotional
Q: What types of pain contribute to sleeplessness?
According to the Advil® Nighttime Take Action Audit, the top three causes cited by Canadians who lose sleep due to pain are:
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
Q: What can I do about my pain and sleep loss?
If you are experiencing sleep loss due to annoying aches and pains, you are likely not getting that quality sleep your body needs. Recognizing when there is a pattern of pain and sleep loss is the first step. As a second step, follow these simple tips to help you get that good night’s sleep you need.
Q: What is presenteeism?
Presenteeism is a relatively new term gaining traction lately. It means to be physically present, be it at home or in the workplace, but absent in mind, whether sick, in pain, tired, distracted, or a combination of these things resulting in reduced productivity. When presenteeism is the result of poor sleep caused by pain, it can become a vicious cycle and get worse and worse over time. Click here to see how you measure up on the alertness scale and find out if you might be suffering from presenteeism.