6 Ways To Get A Good Night Of Sleep
This blog was originally published on The Mighty.
When you live with chronic pain or illness, sleeping can become an issue. Getting eight hours of restful sleep each night isn’t always possible if you’re tossing and turning with “painsomnia,” muscle tension or other uncomfortable symptoms. And for many, nighttime is when depression and anxiety can creep in and cause your mind to race – making it even harder to sleep.
It can be incredibly frustrating to lie awake at night, unable to sleep, especially if you’ve spent the whole day battling fatigue and exhaustion. But sleep deprivation can also have serious effects on your health and your mood, and for those with chronic conditions, it can often exacerbate the symptoms you are already trying to manage. So, we asked our Mighty community to share their tips for coping with sleeping challenges. Maybe some of these ideas will help you work towards getting a better night’s sleep. Let us know your own coping strategies in the comments below.
Here’s what the community told us:
1.“I try to make my painsomnia work for me; I’ll either use the time I can’t sleep to paint or write articles and blog posts. I find if I am using that time to be productive with things I find soothing and cathartic, then I don’t get stressed and worried that I can’t fall asleep.”
2. “I keep my sleep habits and patterns consistent. No matter how poorly I sleep one night/week, I go to bed and wake at roughly the same time. It’s important to keep your circadian rhythm healthy.”
3. “My dog probably helps more than anything. My life has gotten a million times better since I adopted her. She’s great at sensing when it’s an extra hard night and comforting me.”
4. “I turn on a Bob Ross video on YouTube. I don’t watch – screen light is supposed to make it harder to sleep and sometimes the bright light hurts – but I’ll just close my eyes and listen.”
5. “Sleep naked or close to it. Seriously. It allows your body to better regulate its temperature.”
6. “I use essential oils, topically and diffusing. I massage relaxation essential oils into my feet, back of neck and along the hairline on my face. Then I massage a different blend of oils to help with pain and inflammation into my lower back, hips and shoulders. Lastly, I massage one final blend into my thighs to help alleviate the fibro lactic acid burn.”