Quell Sleep Insights
Sleep – the one thing we all look forward to at the end of the day and a key aspect of maintaining good health. For those with chronic pain, however, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. Experts recommend that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to function at their best, but up to two-thirds of those with chronic pain conditions experience some form of sleeping disorder, such as insomnia.
Inadequate sleep often worsens pain symptoms, which can precipitate a vicious cycle of decreased activity during the day and even less sleep at night.
We wanted to examine how – and why – chronic pain prevents millions of Americans from getting a restful night’s sleep, and highlight how Quell Sleep Insights can help you understand your sleep habits and measure progress.
The Link between Sleep and Pain
To put into perspective how chronic pain makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, let’s consider your own bedtime routine. Most people avoid distractions – such as sounds and bright lights – to allow themselves to relax and eventually fall asleep. For those with chronic pain, this quiet environment can cause problems in that the only thing their mind can focus on is the presence and severity of their pain. With the lack of other stimulation distracting the brain, pain symptoms become magnified and are a barrier to a good night’s sleep.
For example, a Quell user and blogger recently wrote about her personal experience with lack of sleep because of chronic pain, comparing going through the day without sleep to being asked to operate heavy machinery after staying awake for three days. Feelings such as “disorienting” and being “[robbed of] confidence and focus” seem to be all too common among those who experience a poor night’s sleep. This makes a busy day of work or running errands extremely difficult with no light at the end of the tunnel for the upcoming night’s rest. But, now she calls Quell one of her “must-have technological devices” that give her pain relief.
Quell Sleep Insights
Given that poor sleep impacts many of those living with chronic pain, we developed Quell Sleep Insights, which track sleep data to help you optimize healthy sleep. Sleep Insights help by measuring, tracking and informing users about how much restful sleep they are getting. Quell also analyzes body movements and position while users are sleeping, so if you toss and turn throughout the night but think you got a full seven hours, you will understand why you feel tired when you wake up and review your sleep dashboard.
If you are having difficulty sleeping due to chronic pain, you may want to try Quell or, if you’re already a Quell user, increase the usage of the device at bedtime and while sleeping. We are committed to helping improve the lives of those with chronic pain, and getting a good night’s sleep is a big part of that equation.
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