Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sleep Challenge for Women Who Live in Pain

The Zen of ZZZZZ, by Antonia Zerbisias, was an interesting take on the challenges of sleep for modern women (Toronto Star, May 2, 2010).

Antonia Zerbisias highlighted the recent work of powerful women in the media business. Adrianna Huffington (Huffington Post)and Cindi Leive (Glamour) challenged women to improve their lives by improving their sleep. They started with a provocative title, Sleep Challenge 2010: Women, It's Time to Sleep Our Way to the Top, Literally, and an inspirational charge: "A nation of sleepy women is even less capable of greatness" (Huffington Post, Jan 4, 2010).

The people I work with every day are struggling for a return to normal life. Living with injury and pain makes it difficult to get the daily responsibilities taken of. Many have lost their aspirations of greatness.

Yet, improved sleep can help powerful business women, as well as women (and men) who want to cope better with their pain and injuries. Poor sleep, not only interferes with greatness, it leads to lower tolerances for pain, a greater risk of depression (caused by pain), more fatigue and a greater difficulty focusing and concentrating.

Some of the best recommnendations from the Sleep Challenge were also the simplest: allow yourself to take the time to rest when you need to, recognize that more rest and more sleep will make you more productive, allow yourself to go to bed early to try and catch up on lost sleep, and encourage your family to support these steps. More simple strategies were outlined in an early post (April 12, 2010).

Take the time to improve your sleep. You deserve it.

Yours with care

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