One thing I know for sure is lack of sleep affects so many important functions in our lives that it is not to be taken lightly. It can cause serious depression in those of us with chronic pain.
I remember the first time I had surgery and rehab, every time I went to see my doctor he asked about my sleep and emotional health. I questioned him about it and he told me lack of sleep is the quickest way to depression for a chronic pain sufferer.
Having worked in the mental health field and knowing enough about depression, I heeded his words and did whatever I could to get a good night's sleep. It seemed to be easier in those days for me. I did have disrupted sleep because of the pain but I could always fall back to sleep. Now I am finding it harder to get comfortable enough to fall asleep and if I wake during a painful roll over, I tend to stay awake.
I'm working on it. I know, as with the clutter we are cleaning up in the house, there is emotional clutter I have to let go of as well. Not as easy as I would like but I'm working on it.
I had a difficult time even writing today because my concentration is so affected by the emotional stuff and lack of sleep. I know how important this is to my overall health and the preparation for surgery so, it has become my number one priority.
Tonight I have a recipe for good sleep; hot bath, no electronics before bed, dark room, cool bedroom, meditation and let go of what I cannot change.