Improving Sleep When You Have Chronic Pain
If you have chronic pain, such as with fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome, you may have a hard time sleeping or you may wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed. Some experts believe poor sleep can make pain worse.
Getting a good night's sleep may help. Here are some things to try:
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for 4 to 6 hours or longer before bedtime. These can lead to poor sleep.
- Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Do not read, eat, work, or watch television in bed. Use your bed only for sleeping and sex.
- Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
- Make sure your mattress provides good support. Use a neck support pillow to stabilize your head and neck during sleep.
- Eliminate or block out all sound and light that may disturb your sleep. Try using a sleep mask and earplugs to help you sleep.
- If you lie awake in bed for longer than 15 minutes, get up, leave the bedroom, and do something quiet (read or listen to music) until you are sleepy again.
|Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology|
|Last Revised||October 10, 2013|
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