It’s common knowledge that eight hours of sleep per night is the optimal number.

As the saying goes, however, common knowledge is not always common practice.

This is particularly important when it comes to pain and pain management, as less than eight hours of restful sleep heightens your susceptibility to pain.

As I have spoken about before, the nervous system adds stress up and when the total volume of stress becomes too great there is an overflow into other areas of the body.

Different people will be trigger by different stressors, but one thing that is being seen more and more in pain sufferers is this summation, or adding up, of lots of smaller stressors from diet and lifestyle that make you susceptible to the “straw breaking the camel’s back”.

Six hours of sleep might not seem like a stressful event, but only having six hours is not allowing the body to run through all the processes it would normally do, given the full eight hours, hence this is a stressor to the system.

Very commonly with chronic pain – be it knee pain, back pain or shoulder pain to name just three – there are lots of little “insults” going on throughout the person’s lifestyle that are contributing to the pain.

When we screen clients for stress one of the systems we use is an organ and glandular assessment. It helps us to look for stressors in the 28 organ and glandular systems that may be, together, adding up and overloading the system.

What is even more interesting to know is these organs are all sharing nerve pathways with a joint, a muscle and areas of skin. So the organ not working optimally can often be correlated right back to the physical problem being presented.

If you’re reading this thinking, “I don’t have chronic pain!” – that’s fine, this also applies to areas of tightness in the body that perhaps just won’t change, irrespective of what you try.