The Cycle of Pain: What Is It and How Do We Disrupt It?

Findings from the National Institute of Health show that more than half of the adult population (126 million adults) live with ongoing pain. And, chances are, if you’re experiencing ongoing pain or inflammation, you’re also familiar with that draining, taxing feeling of fatigue.

Pain, inflammation, and fatigue have a long-standing, codependent relationship. They thrive off of one another, and as one feeling worsens, the others become more severe, too. But, have you ever wondered why pain, poor quality sleep, and extreme fatigue are so closely tied together?

It is because ongoing pain and inflammation can make it difficult to get restorative sleep, and the lack of restorative sleep can exacerbate and turn up the volume of existing pain and inflammation. It is called the cycle of pain, and unless daytime pain and inflammation is treated differently than nighttime pain and inflammation, the cycle will continue in perpetuity.

Pain and poor-quality sleep have a long-standing, codependent relationship, and to disrupt the cycle, the whole body must be considered, both during the day and at night.

The cycle of pain consists of 5 key areas:

  1. Pain: Any kind of pain can be disruptive. Whether it’s localized and intense, wide-spread and dull, intermittent, or all day long, the feeling of pain can disturb your entire life.
  2. Inflammation: Inflammation is our body’s natural attempt at fighting against things that want to harm us, like injury, infection, stress, and toxins. When inflammation continues for long stretches of time, our natural defenses remain in a systematic state of alert, which can cause a slew of health problems.
  3. Sleep: Pain keeps your mind and body on full alert, which can lead to poor-quality sleep or keep you awake all night.
  4. Energy: As your body fights all day without rest, it drains you of energy.
  5. Mood: The search for relief is isolating and disappointing, which can take a serious toll on your mood.

Why is proper sleep crucial for the management of pain and inflammation?

Sleep is a required component of a healthy life, and necessary for the body to repair and heal itself. But, people who deal with ongoing pain can find it especially difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, fall asleep, and then stay asleep when joints or muscles are relentlessly sore or throbbing with pain.

According to a recent study, poor quality sleep and sleep deprivation can simultaneously boost our body’s response to pain while also suppressing areas in the brain designed to mitigate pain experiences. So, basically, poor quality sleep can decrease our pain tolerance as well as intensify feelings of pain. Not a great combination.

Sleep supports a more balanced immune system, and a well-rested body is much more capable of managing the inflammation that coincides with pain. Therefore, restorative sleep must be made a priority.

Rightful For Pain & Recovery’s two-formula system

Rightful believes that since pain impacts your whole body and mind, treatment should too. That is why we partnered with integrative and conventional medical experts to create a two-formula system designed to treat pain at its core, both during the day and at night.

For Pain & Recovery AM formula: This morning formula contains powerful ingredients like corydalis, hemp extract, and turmeric to help naturally alleviate pain and inflammation, and rhodiola to help reduce fatigue and improve energy, mood, and mental focus.

For Pain & Recovery PM formula: The nighttime formula includes the same powerful ingredients to naturally combat pain and inflammation, with the addition of ashwagandha to promote relaxation and California poppy to promote a restful night’s sleep.

Both the AM and PM formulas utilize therapeutic doses of powerful and safe botanicals optimized for efficacy and rapid absorption via the addition of ingredients like black pepper and coconut cream.

To disrupt the cycle of pain and give our bodies what they need to naturally deal with pain, fight inflammation, get restorative sleep, and boost daytime energy levels, the whole body must be considered, both during the day and at night. And when you do, you’ll be amazed at your body’s ability to restore itself back to its optimal state!

Learn more about Rightful For Pain & Recovery.