Hidden Pain Trigger May Be Easy to Beat
Once you reach the age of 65, there’s about an 80% chance you’ll experience daily pain.
For some people, it’s a minor ache here or there. For others, it’s sore joints. But for a significant number of people, daily widespread pain is a fact of life. They just ache; and it’s driving them to distraction.
This type of pain can be especially frustrating. Doctors often can’t link it to a specific problem. After rounds of doctor’s visits and exhausting tests, you may wind up where you started… popping pain pills and having no answers.
But recent research has cast a new light on widespread pain. And doctors at Britain’s Keele University have uncovered a completely unexpected pain trigger. A trigger that may be simple to reverse.
If you’re among the 10% of men – and 15% of women – over 50 who suffer with widespread pain, this is great news.
The researchers collected detailed health and lifestyle data on more than 4,300 volunteers. None suffered with widespread pain at the start.
During 3 years of follow-up, about 19% of the volunteers developed widespread pain. You’d expect some of the risk factors the doctors uncovered. Anxiety and overall physical health, for example.
But one risk factor really stood out. Because it was a complete surprise.
People who slept poorly were almost twice as likely to develop widespread pain than those who slept well. In fact, poor sleep quality was the #1 risk factor for developing widespread pain!1
And that’s why I said the problem may be so easy to solve. Because improving your sleep quality can be remarkably easy.
I’ve written about sleep before… but a few of my top sleep tips bear repeating. For the best quality sleep…
- Choose a cool, dark, quiet environment. The one exception to quiet is soothing music. Studies have shown soothing music can help you fall asleep faster.
- Avoid TV and computer use for at least an hour before bd. Avoid caffeine and exercise for four or more hours.
- For a good night’s sleep, never nap after 2:00 pm.
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night. And plan to get up at about the same time every morning, too. Even on weekends.
- Finally, if you have trouble sleeping, use a gentle natural sleep aid. A nutritional supplement with melatonin – your “sleep hormone” – can help you drift off sooner and stay asleep longer.
Developing good sleep habits now could save you years of suffering down the line.
Yours in continued good health,
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
1 McBeth, J., et al, “Predictors of new onset widespread pain in older adults Results from the prospective population- based NorStOP study,” Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2013; DOI: 10.1002/art.38284.