How Medical Marijuana Can Improve Sleep Quality for Patients in Chronic Pain

Sleep disturbances are some of the most stressful and life-affecting symptoms for chronic pain sufferers. When you can’t get a good night’s sleep, it affects every aspect of the following day. If you consistently do not get enough sleep, you may increase your chances of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, obesity, depression, low sex drive, and immune impairment. Chronic sleep deprivation can even age your body faster and cause cellular breakdown!

How Do Chronic Pain and Sleep Interact?

Chronic pain affects sleep differently depending on the individual, but the most commonly reported sleep disturbances in chronic pain patients include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Frequently waking up during the night
  • Trouble falling back asleep after waking up

Lack of sleep can also affect the patient by heightening their sensitivity to pain, making the whole chronic pain-sleep disturbance issue a vicious cycle. Add in the mental health problems that go along with both chronic pain and sleep issues, and it’s easy to see how people living with chronic pain can quickly deteriorate without some relief.

Medical Marijuana Can Help

Unlike some prescription medications that can actually cause even more sleep issues, medical marijuana is a rare gem for patients caught in the chronic pain-sleep disturbance cycle because it both reduces pain and improves sleep quality. Our patients who begin using medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain and resulting sleep disturbances are surprised to find how quickly their symptoms fade and their quality of life returns. To fully understand how medical marijuana can improve both of these debilitating conditions, let’s look at each part separately:

Pain Reduction

Marijuana reduces pain by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, interfering with pain signaling and altering pain perception. Some studies have been done showing that marijuana use is beneficial in reducing acute and chronic pain caused by:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Peripheral neuropathic pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Intractable cancer pain

More scientific research is needed to confirm centuries of anecdotal evidence supporting marijuana as a safe and effective pain reliever, especially comparing marijuana to other prescription and over-the-counter pain medications.

Sleep Improvement

Marijuana improves sleep by binding to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, sending the brain messages to produce more adenosine and suppress the body’s arousal system. These effects combine to cause the sleepiness commonly associated with marijuana use.

Just like marijuana and pain reduction, more research is needed on the effects of using marijuana on sleep. Studies that currently exist do support the claim that marijuana use can help people:

  • Fall asleep faster
  • Stay asleep longer
  • Wake up less during the night

These benefits line up directly with the most common sleep disturbances in chronic pain patients, making it clear why marijuana is such a game-changer for this condition.

Get Better Sleep With Less Pain Today!

If chronic pain has affected your sleep and quality of life, don’t despair! In Florida, marijuana use is legal as long as you:

  • Have a state-issued Medical Marijuana Use Registry card
  • Get a prescription from a state-approved physician
  • Fill the prescription at a state-approved dispensary

Here at Hakunah Matata, we can help you every step of the way when getting your medical marijuana card and prescription. Our physicians are approved by the state of Florida to refer patients to the state registry and prescribe medical marijuana for qualifying conditions. Call (239) 789-6561 or contact us online to get started today!