Studies have shown that upwards of 66 percent of people dealing with chronic pain are also struggling with sleep disorders and issues. If you are noticing that you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may be one of these individuals.
Here are a few tips for getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night:
- Practice sleep hygiene. Getting yourself into a routine or series of habits that are engaged in before you go to bed each night can help to train your body into getting ready for sleep. Just like children, bedtime routines are important for adults.
- If after 30 minutes you still haven’t fallen asleep, consider getting out of bed and do something else. Laying in bed and waiting to fall asleep can increase stress levels, further disrupting sleep.
- Taking a natural, over-the-counter sleep aid, like valerian root or melatonin can help. Both are useful for sleep problems. Melatonin helps you fall asleep, while valerian helps you stay asleep.
Everyone’s history is unique, your pain and sleep disruption might vary from everyone else. For further help with your pain, consider a Vancouver WA chiropractor who will look at your whole story, not just the pain. Click here to read more about our chiropractors.