Pain that continues into the night or worsens overnight can be a serious problem. It can rob a person of much-needed sleep in order to feel refreshed in the morning and can be an indication that the medical condition causing the pain may be more severe than first thought. At BCS Pain, it is recommended that anyone experiencing night pain or levels that increase overnight discuss it with a physician to find the best ways to deal with it since sleep is essential in order for the body to repair itself.

Most people do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep although getting less can be sufficient as long as it is quality sleep, which means the body slows down so that external stimuli and internal pain sensations are tuned out. Normal sleeping routines may need to be adjusted to get the body where discomfort can be ignored enough for uninterrupted sleep. To find the best way to treat discomfort at night that prevents good sleep, consider a few of the suggested listed below to help.

 

Take Medication as Prescribed – Some medication must be taken at specific intervals, with food, or not with certain foods in order to be most beneficial. Night discomfort can increase if pain medication is not at its peak effectiveness medication administration directions were not followed.

Avoid Food or Caffeine – Two hours before going to sleep, food should be avoided. Caffeine should be avoided longer than that, depending on individual sensitivity to caffeine. A warm glass of nonfat milk might be the only exception, since milk contains sleep-inducing amino acids and can actually help before bedtime.

Mattress and Pillows – The right mattress can make a big difference in getting a good night’s sleep, even for those not experiencing physical discomfort. A mattress that is too soft or uncomfortable can cause even pain-free individuals to wake up during the night. When someone dealing with pain must rest on a bad mattress, BCS pain experts say that discomfort can increase and prevent restful sleep. In some cases, using pillows to prop and support body parts to alleviate pressure can help; however, the best choice is a good quality mattress.

Sleep When Tired – Trying to get extra rest by going to bed early does not often help because it becomes harder to fall asleep. When the body is in pain and not tired, sleep is unlikely to happen. Keeping active enough during the day so that the body is physically tired at night is important, especially involving chronic pain since this is the time when the body should be able to slow down enough to become desensitized to any discomfort.

Take A Warm Bath – Soothing the body with a warm bath just before bedtime can help a person experiencing physical discomfort wind down and be able to pass into a zone of comfort where painful sensations are tuned out. By warming the body, blood flow is increased that provides a certain degree of pain relief and general relaxation, especially for arthritis sufferers or those with joint or tendon and ligament problems.

If all else fails and discomfort still disrupts a good night’s sleep, discuss it with a doctor. Pain experts can help find the right way to get restful sleep through better pain management!

Get in Touch With BCS Pain Clinic To Feel Better and Get the Rest You Need!

Is your pain keeping you up at night? Call BCS Pain Clinic at 979-764-7246 to discuss your pain issues and hopefully get some sleep!