Friday, February 19, 2016

Provision Living at Columbia (MO)

11 Feb 2016                                           -3-

Charts 1 and 2 show the actual values for the Number Bed Sleep IQ and the BASIS Sleep Score. These show the variation in a real life situation. The variation is difficult to understand in these two charts.

A common practice to smooth out the variation is to plot a running average. This takes the hair off the dog. Chart 3 shows a five count running average for both Sleep IQ and Sleep Score.

Now the time for the change is clearly visible between day 33 and day 35 of the average of that day and the prior four days or about 20 Dec 2015.

We were moved, 29 Dec 2015, into Provision Living at Columbia (MO), about 9 days later.

Could a reduction in stress account for these observed changes in Sleep IQ and Sleep Score values? Around 16 Dec 2015 I had completed an analysis of the types of residential care and their relative costs for sites here in Columbia, MO. Also at this time my wife was repeating, in several ways, that she had, “no more need for this house.”

Winter was coming on and only one site was currently available. It offered all levels of care below nursing home in one apartment and in one building. Could a further marked reduction in pain also be attributed to a reduction in stress after a month in residence with very good food and radiant care personnel?

This all happened with no pain medication (except a bottle of Tums), no surgery, and no physical therapy. Singular is managing my allergy to pork and apples, and to aeroallergens associated with groups of people, and to the new building in general.

It appears that high sleep quality values, with low variation, for both Sleep IQ and Sleep Score values, are related to low pain and a sense of increasing wellbeing.

Was just making the decision to move the cause of the change, recorded and felt, in pain reduction prior to moving? Or has this, the longest and most painful, episode run its course, as it has done several times in the past 50 years?

1 comment:

  1. I think yes, reduced stress and better sleep are both strongly associated with reduced pain.