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.
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.
Take wear earrings to bed, use extra pillows to help comfortable positioning, don't eat several hours before bed, wear loose PJs/avoid over-heating, use your choice of "white noise" (a fan, music, TV, etc.) , read, muscle relaxers, and most helpful -prayer. Use a heating pad or ice pack on achy areas before turning in -do not sleep with either on you ;could do nerve damage.
Neuropathy and osteoarthritis are the two villains most likely to interrupt my sleep. I avoid caffeine after 2:00 p.m. and liquids after 9 p.m. I usually have to get up once to go to the bathroom during the night but I don't turn on bright lights. I have night lights in the bedroom and bathroom. I usually massage my legs with lotion before bedtime to keep the neuropathy at bay, and I wear lightweight cotton pajamas and use lightweight bed covers. Heavy blankets make my whole body painful. I sleep on a memory foam mattress. I try to do something relaxing for the hour or so before bedtime, and I read my Bible and a fiction book when I get into bed. I try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Does it always work? Of course not! There are nights when I cannot get to sleep or cannot stay asleep. I take 1 arthritis strength Tylenol if I am still awake an hour after I get into bed. If that doesn't work, I get up, sit in a chair, and read or pet any available cat. I tell myself it's one night out of my life and it's not the end of the world. Getting upset increases my muscle tension which causes more pain and it becomes a vicious cycle. Things that don't work for me include sleeping pills (I wake up groggy and grouchy the next morning), a hot bath (it energizes me and I can't sleep at all), alcohol (I don't use alcohol and when I did I would go to sleep, then be awake in the middle of the night), and leaving the TV on (guarantees nightmares). If possible, a sleep routine you can follow, using whatever practices and meds that make you comfortable, may help with sleep problems.
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Pets can be so intuitive. We had a dog for only 6 weeks when I had open heart surgery. When I got home from the hospital, he was very excited to see me, but wait about 2 weeks before jumping onto my lap. When I lied down to nap, he would come into the bedroom and lie right beside my bed. It was like he was being my protector.
I think pets are even more important for those that live alone. Hugs, Jean
I get the best rest ..
Honey Tuna fish chamomile tea and lavender oil all aids in rest to sleep
lavender oil makes you sleep like a log applied to painful areas for pain relief and to pressure points to rest and sleep but be careful with it for you'll become very relaxed..changing of diet