Over 60 million people in the United states suffer from chronic pain. In many cases, the people who struggle with chronic pain have a difficult time sleeping. This becomes a problem because most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. If you are not getting the right amount of sleep each night, I may affect your overall health. In some cases it may make your pain even worse. Here some quick tips on how to improve your sleep if you suffer with chronic pain.
Change your sleep environment
It is all about creating the mood. Make sure that your sleep environment is free from distraction. Your physical pain can be distracting enough. You can create a better sleep environment by turning off the T.V. and other electronics. You can also make sure that your bedroom is dark and quiet. If you have a “sleep friendly” environment you may be able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep so that you can get the rest you need.
Relax your muscles
If your muscles are tense you may find it more difficult to sleep. Give stretching a try. Take the time before you go to bed to do some stretching exercises. Also, you may want to try a quick massage. This may help to loosen up the muscles so that you aren’t so tense at night, breaking the cycle of pain and allowing you to sleep better.
Try changing your sleep position
People who have neck or back pain should not sleep on their stomach. It puts unnatural stress on the spine and can increase pain to these areas. The use of body pillows or positional sleep devices like the Slumberbump can help you maintain a health sleep position throughout the night.
If you feel like your sleep is affected by your chronic pain, you should contact your Sleep Specialist or physician. The may offer you more options including medical solutions. The most important thing is that you are getting the rest you deserve.
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