Stop Chronic Pain FAST – 1 Weird Trick that Works Instantly (And it’s Free)!

By on November 25, 2016
Have chronic pain? As it turns out, the cure could be as simple as getting more shut-eye.

According to a new study from the University of Warwick, researchers found that people who believed they couldn’t fall asleep due to chronic pain suffered from insomnia more often, making their pain worse. When they didn’t believe this, however, they experienced less pain–something that illustrates just how powerful our thoughts affect our physical health.

The research appears in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

“Thoughts can have a direct and/or indirect impact on our emotion, behaviour [sic] and even physiology,” says Dr. Nicole Tang, the study’s senior author and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Warwick. “The way how we think about sleep and its interaction with pain can influence the way how we cope with pain and manage sleeplessness. Based on clinical experience, whilst some of these beliefs are healthy and useful, others are rigid and misinformed.”

For the study, researchers tested out a new scale on patients diagnosed with chronic pain and insomnia, called the 10-item Pain-Related Beliefs and Attitudes About Sleep (PBAS) scale. While it tracked chronic pain and sleep difficulty patterns, it also tracked something new: How holding certain beliefs affected these patterns.

After a rigorous test trial, they found that one specific belief made both their insomnia and chronic pain worse. That happened to be believing that their pain made it difficult to fall asleep.

Now that’s a serious way to demonstrate how the power of thinking really works.

“Current psychological treatments for chronic pain have mostly focused on pain management and a lesser emphasis on sleep but there is a recent interest in developing therapies to tackle both pain and sleep problems simultaneously,” says Esther Afolalu, who helped conduct the study. “This scale provides a useful clinical tool to assess and monitor treatment progress during these therapies.”

So what does this mean for chronic pain sufferers? It’s simple, say experts: Change how you think. If you think you’ll experience pain, chances are you’re suffer through it all night long. Keep a positive attitude and your luck could change.

As an upside, however, this also opens up other avenues to treat chronic pain–including behavioral programs such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. That’s something they also tested out, to favorable results.

“A significant reduction in PBAS was also observed in patients after receiving a hybrid cognitive-behavioral intervention for both pain and insomnia,” write researchers in the online version of the journal. “Pain-related sleep beliefs appear to be an integral part of chronic pain patients’ insomnia experience.”

So if you’re dealing with serious knee, back, or neck pain, keep a positive attitude–as it turns out, it could make you feel better.

Readers: Do you think having a positive attitude matters?

Sleep is Key to Curing Chronic
Development of the Pain-Related Beliefs and Attitudes About Sleep (PBAS) Scale for the Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia With Chronic

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