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10 Strategies for Coping with Night Time Pain

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Chronic pain can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. If it frequently keeps you up at night, here are 10 pain management strategies for dealing with night time pain.

  1. Take a Warm Bath or Shower
    A warm bath or shower right before bed is a great way to relax sore joints and muscles.
  2. Invest in a Good Mattress
    It can be very difficult to get enough sleep if you are lying on a mattress that is several years old. If your mattress is causing you pain, it is time to replace it.
  3. Try Different Sleep Positions
    Changing your sleeping position can help with pain management. Experiment with different sleep positions to see which sleeping style helps you take pressure off of your hurting joints and muscles.
  4. Use Lots of Pillows
    Use pillows to support your body in whichever sleep position you find the most comfortable. If your legs are aching, it may help to raise them up.
  5. Keep the Room a Comfortable Temperature
    According to fmnetnews.com, cold air can cause your joints and muscles to tense up. If your room is chilly, turn the up thermostat to see if that will help.
  6. Wear Comfortable Clothing
    It is hard to get comfortable in bedclothes that are tight, that wrinkle or that get twisted up around you. Wearing something comfortable is an easy pain management tip you should follow.
  7. Reduce Stress
    If your life is very stressful, you may find yourself lying awake at night, thinking about your pain. Try to reduce your stress levels so you can sleep soundly.
  8. Use White Noise
    The white noise provided by a fan, fish tank or white noise machine can help you slip into a deeper sleep and sleep longer.
  9. Try an Over-the-counter Sleep Aid
    An over-the-counter sleep aid can also help you slip into a deeper sleep so you can get the rest you need. If you are on any medications, be sure to talk this idea over with your care provider(s) before trying them.
  10. Practice Effective Pain Management Techniques During the Day
    If you have done too much during the day, your body will feel it at night.

Is your pain keeping you up at night?

Call Arizona HealthPros for a free consultation, and get the sleep you need once and for all.

Sources:
http://www.fmnetnews.com/fibro-basics/treatment/self-help-strategies
http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-pain-10/fibromyalgia-pain-at-night


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