If you suffer from any kind of chronic pain, most likely you’re taking specific a type of painkiller.
One of the standard treatments for chronic pain is an opioid prescription. These drugs include codeine (the weakest one), morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl.
In addition to the myriad digestive consequences opioids cause, another terrible condition resulting from chronic opioid use is obstructive sleep apnea.
If this weren’t enough, it’s frequently accompanied by poor sleep and daytime fatigue.
From previous studies on healthy people, it seems as if poor sleep causes an increase in pain sensitivity. Luckily for them, their pain threshold can be returned to normal by restoring their good quality sleep.
- They are in pain, for which they use opioids.
- The opioids lead them to develop sleep apnea and thereby destroy their ability to get good quality sleep.
- The worse they sleep, the more pain they experience and the more opioids they use.
- The more opioids they use, the worse their sleep apnea and sleep quality become.
- The worse their sleep quality gets, the more pain they feel and the more opioids they want to use, and so on.
Researchers recently published an article in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that identified American military veterans as a group especially at risk because of the chronic pain from which they suffer.
They analyzed data collected of veterans who presented at the Western New York Healthcare System sleep clinic between 2012 and 2014 with chronic pain, opioid prescriptions, and sleep apnea.
They then compared the pain score each of these patients received before a course of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) with the scores they received afterwards.
In addition, they checked whether any of these veterans reduced or dropped their opioid consumption after the CPAP.
Regrettably, the CPAP reduced neither the pain nor the opioid use, even though the veterans were sleeping better.
This means that, while improving sleep, CPAP cannot improve the pain threshold of people with chronic pain who are taking opioids.
Another alarming finding was the discovery that opioid-dependent veterans did not comply with the CPAP as well as the non-opioid takers did, explaining why they benefited from it much less.
These conclusions suggest that it is a bad idea to take chronic opioids, as they may cause sleep apnea.
This Tiny Change Can Cure Severe Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Most people diagnosed with sleep apnea are sentenced to lifelong use of CPAP Masks while sleeping.
But according to a Finnish research, getting 80% improvement in sleep apnea is a relatively simple task.
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We know that weight loss has many benefits. The great news is that it greatly improves sleep apnea with as little as 5 percent reduction in total body weight.
Being overweight is one of the major risk factors associated with sleep apnea. In fact, nearly 70 percent of people with sleep apnea are obese. Similarly, being overweight increases the chances of developing sleep apnea nearly 10 times.
As you can see, it all works down to body weight.
In the study conducted by the Finnish researchers, 57 moderately obese people with mild sleep apnea problems were assigned to exercise and diet routines while others in the study were instructed about the general benefits of a proper diet and regular exercises.
All the patients were followed-up on a regular basis and it was discovered that those who had achieved at least 5 percent reduction in body weight showed significant improvement in sleep apnea. Those who continued to lose a healthy amount of weight had an amazing 80 percent reduction in the condition.
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