Fighting pain with sleep: How to get a better night’s rest

Fighting pain with sleep: How to get a better night’s rest

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to pain management. Getting the best sleep you can helps reduce stress levels, which can help you manage chronic pain symptoms.

Many people may have trouble falling or staying asleep. If you have many sleepless nights you should talk to your doctor, but here are a few tips that can help you fall and stay asleep.

  • Maintain a sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up around the same time every day is important to ensure you get proper sleep.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable. Having good support and comfort in your mattress and pillows is necessary for falling and staying asleep. Being comfortable will help you avoid tossing and turning throughout the night.
  • Wind down and unplug. Looking at a phone or computer in bed can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
  • Try to avoid napping. Sometimes it’s hard not to nap during the day, but try to avoid naps, especially late in the day, to ensure you are tired enough to fall asleep at night.
  • Try sleeping with a pillow between your knees. This can be especially helpful for those with lower back pain, since it can relieve pressure on the back.
  • Exercise more. Getting exercise and more physical activity throughout the day can help you feel more tired at the end of the day and ready for sleep.
  • Don’t drink caffeine before bed. While this may seem obvious, it’s important to not drink caffeine before bed. Try to keep your coffee and sodas for the morning and afternoon.

 

It’s important that you talk to your doctor if you have trouble falling or staying asleep, especially if the problem persists. However, these tips and tricks can help with mild sleeping problems to help you get a better night’s sleep.

 

Sources: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/discomfort-15/better-sleep/slideshow-sleep-tips