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Chronic pain can be absolutely detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing. Aside from the pain which never leaves your side, there are also side effects such as the inability to partake in one’s favorite physical activities and, above all else, the frequent loss of a good night’s sleep.
This frequent loss of sleep itself can make way for a number of other diseases such as diabetes, cardiac health issues, hypertension, depression, anxiety and elevation of the original pain itself. Therefore, it is crucial that you go through the following methods in ensuring a good night’s sleep by dealing with chronic pain effectively.
Invest in the Right Mattress
With Presidents Day coming up on February 17, now is the perfect time for buying a new mattress to help you sleep better at night, in spite of chronic pain. Whether you care about the tradition or not, the fact remains that there is always a Presidents day mattress sale from the top brands, which presents a perfect opportunity to grab the right mattress at a significantly lower price than usual.
In case you missed it, note that we mentioned “the right mattress,” and not just any quality mattress. The thing is, depending on whether it’s lower back pain, upper back pain, or neck pain that you are suffering from, the type of mattress you will need to get comfortable at night will also differ.
Then, of course, there’s the all-important question of how you sleep. The firmness of your mattress should be decided on the basis of whether you sleep on your back, side or belly. If you do manage to find the right mattress this President’s Day, rest assured that after sleeping in it for a week, you will feel like a new person altogether. The benefits will also be evident in your waking life since a good night’s restful sleep usually means a good day ahead. You won’t wake up with cramps anymore, or at least they will not be nearly as bad as they used to be before.
Back pain and other similar joint/nerve-related chronic pain is generally caused by one or more of the following:
- Tensed muscles and ligaments
- Agitated and/or impinged nerves
- Grating bones, joints, and ligaments
If you can truly manage to feel relaxed before lying down on your bed, the muscles, nerves, and ligaments will also relax as a result of that. This can lead to immediate alleviation of pain symptoms, making it infinitely easier to fall asleep for a long and undisturbed slumber session. In order to help yourself relax just before bedtime, try the following tested methods of relaxation:
- Rhythmic, breathing exercises
- Relaxation via guided imagery
- Listening to relaxation music
- Lighting a scented candle in lavender, bergamot, jasmine or sandalwood
Maintain a Comfortable Temperature
Do not rely on preset standards, because different people may require different temperature settings to be comfortable. The idea is to help your body relax by maintaining a temperature that you find to be the most comfortable. Generally, cool indoor conditions help with relaxation and sleep, but that’s only when it’s warm or hot outside. During winter, a cozy, warm room will bring on relaxation with more effectiveness for obvious reasons.
The good news is that chronic pain has become manageable today, and by keeping the points we just discussed in mind, you can eventually go back to a normal sleep schedule. In fact, with proper treatment and physiotherapy, you might even be able to pursue light sports activities that may seem impossible right now.
This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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