Does Sleep Really Matter for Chronic Pelvic Pain?

I have been so fortunate to collaborate with fantastic colleagues over the years of my journey in pelvic health. Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS is an inspirational and compassionate practitioner, educator and advocate of all things related to pelvic health. She owns a fantastic clinic in Florida and runs the popular educational blog, pelvicguru.com. I first wrote for Pelvic Guru in 2013 with 10 common misconceptions of pelvic PT (http://pelvicguru.com/2013/08/05/10-common-misconceptions-about-pelvic-physical-therapy/), and today, I am being featured again with this post on sleep and chronic pelvic pain. I hope you enjoy the post! For those of you unfamiliar with Tracy Sher, I strongly recommend following Pelvic Guru at pelvicguru.com as well as on facebook! Tracy regularly posts amazing articles, blogs, and resources! Let me know what you think!!

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Does sleep really matter for chronic pelvic pain?

Guest post by Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

Did you know that most people will spend about 22 years of their lives sleeping? Sleep is one of the most basic human needs and is at the very base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs right next to eating, sex and toileting. (Can I just say how unfair it is that chronic pelvic pain often influences all of these things!) Inadequate sleep has become a major health crisis and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that close to 50-70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness.

maslow Image from: http://openi.nlm.nih.gov/

Inadequate sleep has been shown to negatively impact the body and is related to (IOM):

  • Obesity in adults and children
  • Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Depressed mood
  • Alcohol use

Sleep has incredible benefits for…

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