Ruminating about pain makes it worse plus worsens sleep apnea, research shows. Eighty percent of people with chronic pain also suffer from sleep apnea.
A positive attitude helps ease chronic pain and thus results in better sleep. This is according to Luis F. Buenaver, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He recently published a study on this in the online journal Pain.
Negative thinking has been linked to a major neurological pathway that affects how people feel through increased pain and lack of sleep. Constantly focusing on pain—”pain catastrophizing”—is a strong indicator of even more strong pain and pain related conditions.
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