People that suffer from chronic pain may find it difficult to get sleep any given night. Sometime the simple act of lying down can be painful. Sometimes your blankets can even cause you pain. But there is hope yet for a comfortable night’s sleep.
For some people it may seem like the only answer to a painless night of sleep is through medications, and while they can help, you can also take other measures to help yourself have a more comfortable night of sleep. Even people without pain that have some trouble sleeping might find some benefit in the following tips.
Picking The Right Mattress
Picking the right mattress is important for anyone that wants a good night’s sleep, and if you are someone that suffers from chronic pain, like fibromyalgia, you may find that your perfect mattress match is a memory foam mattress. This mattress reads your body, so that you can always be most comfortable.
You might find that something like a sleep number bed is a must for you. Or, you may need a bed that is adjustable, allowing you to put your feet up higher, or your head up higher. Your comfort is one of the most important things when it comes to getting good rest.
Bedding can have a lot to do with how you sleep at night as well. Scratchy sheets can make you toss and turn all night, which means you want some nice, good cotton sheets. You don’t want flannel sheets during the hot months. Normally a cooler bed is easier for sleeping.
You could invest in a pillow that helps support your neck, or even helps keep your head cooler. For some people, a softer pillow will be better, while for others a more firm pillow is in order. Talk to your doctor, or even your chiropractor, about the right pillow to use for your ailment to help you get better sleep each night.
The overall atmosphere of a room can either promote sleep or ruin your ability to get any. You don’t want an overly cold or overly hot room. You also want to make sure your room is dark, promoting sleep. Charge cell phones and other tech devices in another room, to avoid glowing and flashing lights.
You may sleep better with no sound, or maybe you sleep better with sounds. A soothing CD filled with sounds of nature not only help you relax to fall asleep, but they can also help you relax and feel less of your chronic pain.
All of these things coupled together should help you have a more pain free night of sleep. You might even get to sleep through the whole night.