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What Are Your Hints To Get The Best Rest?

What Are Your Hints To Get The Best Rest?

We all rest. I am almost professional at it. I awake some times feeling well rested, other times I am immediately ready to go back to sleep again.

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I am often awakened through the night from pain. I take a magnesium supplement before I go to bed to avoid muscle cramps. I use ice on my knee and put a hot pad on my back 30 minutes before going to bed. I also invested in an adjustable bed to better position me comfortably to minimize pain and make it easier to breath. A key to getting to sleep quicker is to avoid blue light from electronics (tv, phone, computer, e-reader,,tablet, even your alarm clock) 30 minutes before bed. I keep a topical pain gel next to my bed to use when I awake in pain to quickly lessen it and get back to sleep.

posted almost 4 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi fellow pain sufferers. Sleep for me has always been an issue for me since my conditions including chronic nerve pain have developed. I have tried a hole range of treatments, relaxation and alternative medication. I use whatever helps or can be used as a diversion from the pain. Whatever helps use it as long as you’re not causing other damage to yourself
My usual routine involves me having a hot bath if my pain permits me to get into the bath. I use Epsom salts which are helpful in relaxing the muscles which often are in spasms. I use regularly pain medication prescribed by a pain consultant. After the bath I get into my pjs into my comfort firm supportive bed, essential item. I take to bed a hot drink a litre jug of weak orange juice and usually a couple of reduced fat rich tea biscuits. On my bedside table is my medication, books and phone. I only ever try to use my phone at night to listen to a mindfulness app or music. I avoid using to response to anything upon the web as it’s far too stimulating. I have a book, my bible and tv in the room. I tend to go to bed early as I have to try to ease he pain by stretching out my spine. Sometimes I watch tv but nothing too stimulating well not all the time. Lol. I find if I am able to drop of to sleep at a reasonable time around midnight it’s usually because I’ve gone to bed and not had any electrical device on. I’ve read instead. There are many nights when I just can’t drop off to sleep because of pain then I just have to use anything that can to detract from the pain including getting up and moving around for a little while. I never sleep for more than a couple of hours. I just accept that’s the way it is then I just repeat above. I also spend time in prayer in the hope That this will bring peace and relaxation.
I’m sure this is no different from anyone else’s experience. Still its good to share. Hope you had s good night last night and if you didn’t then I hope that it will be a better sleep tonight. God bless x

posted over 2 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

A cup of chamomile tea 2 teaspoons of honey 1 in cup 1 in mouth and the most in important thing 100% Lavender oil applied to temples neck and feet ...be careful with the Lavender oil it'll knock you out without you realizing
I get good rest meaning feeling refreshed without being sluggish and fogged..
God bless pain less
much love many hugs 🤗❤📿🙇🏽‍♀️

posted over 2 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Do not chain yourself to a bed! If you sleep better in a recliner, SPEND THE WHOLE NIGHT THERE! When I force myself to “go to bed”, I end up stiff, with severe pain in my hips and shoulders. When I just get whatever cover I need and settle into my lift chair, I get to restful REM sleep! In addition to supporting my ENTIRE BACK, I also breathe better!

posted over 2 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I try to go to bed at about the same time every night and get up at the same time in the morning every day. Two of my prescriptions are known to cause drowsiness so I take them at bedtime, usually along with one arthritis strength Tylenol so I don't wake up in pain. If I take a daytime nap I try to get it out of the way before 3 p.m. I don't eat after dinner and other than enough water to take my meds I don't drink anything after 9. I do not have a TV in my bedroom and I use my phone only to set my morning alarm. I have a memory foam mattress and once I get in a comfortable position I read my Bible and then a few pages of whatever I'm reading for entertainment. The dog settles at the foot of the bed, and one of my cats positions himself by my head. His purring beats a "white noise" machine by a country mile. Sometimes I do have a sleepless night but I try not to let myself get frustrated by it. It's one night out of my life and not worth worrying over.

posted over 2 years ago
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