How Sleep Offers Relief for Age-Related Pain by Dr. Breus

How Sleep Offers Relief for Age-Related Pain by Dr. Breus

Swissline is proud to announce our content partnership with world-renowned Sleep Expert and Psychologist Dr. Michael J. Breus (The Sleep Doctor)! This article was written by Dr. Breus to share fascinating and practical tips to help our readers understand the importance of sleep in their everyday lives. In this content series, Dr. Breus will also share the benefits of sleep for improving the aging process overall - especially as it's related to skin health.

As we age, we’re more likely to experience physical pain.

Research has shown that non-refreshing sleep—sleep that results in waking to feel tired—is the single most likely predictor of the development of widespread pain in adults over age 50.  Rates of chronic pain rise sharply among older adults, and people over the age of 60 are twice as likely than their younger counterparts to experience pain in some form

Aging also may make us feel pain more strongly: research shows that as we get older, our tolerance for pain decreases.

It’s important to know that pain and sleep affect each other in both directions

The presence of physical pain interferes with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. At the same time, poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing pain tolerance, increasing pain intensity, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic pain conditions that become more common with age. Lack of sleep also contributes to a greater loss of bone density and an increased risk for osteoporosis.

Getting the nightly rest you need can help you limit and avoid the onset of age-related aches and pains, and help you better tolerate pain when it does occur.

Less pain also means you’ll sleep better, and continue to gain all the other age-defying benefits that come with sound, restorative slumber. You’ll also have greater capacity and energy for exercise and other activities and pursuits that keep you looking and feeling young, and slow biological aging. 

Take it from The Sleep Doctor: your nightly sleep is the underutilized, ultra-powerful tool to slow aging, maintain a youthful, vibrant appearance, and enhance the quality of your life as you age. 


Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world to have passed the Sleep Medical Speciality board without going to Medical School. Dr. Breus was recently named the Top Sleep Specialist in California by Reader’s Digest, and one of the 10 most influential people in sleep. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and on the show (40 times).

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