If you’re living with pain and struggling with sleep then you’re not alone. It’s very common for people with persistent pain to have difficulties getting to sleep or staying asleep.
Recent research shows that by adjusting what you do during the day, as well as night, it is possible to achieve a healthier sleep pattern . . .
Why can’t I sleep?
It’s likely that there are a number of causes of your sleep difficulties. Here are six triggers often found by people living with pain:
It’s a vicious cycle
You have probably discovered that poor sleep can have some unhelpful effects on your day-to-day life.
After a broken night’s sleep you may find:
- it’s harder to concentrate
- you are short tempered with other people
- your mood is low
It’s very common for people to find that poor sleep makes their pain seem worse. They can find themselves in a vicious cycle where pain makes sleeping difficult, and poor sleep worsens pain.
The really good news is that there are lots of changes you can make to help you to sleep well.
Over a period of five to six weeks these can make a huge difference.
The Sleep Council
The Sleep Council is a national body for sleep health. Its website is full of resources to help you get a good night’s sleep – what to do, what not to do, and where to get more help.
Meditation for sleep
The Headspace website has hundreds of articles for any mind, any mood, any goal, including lots on sleep. Try this audio ‘meditation for sleep’ and read more about the benefits of sleep meditation.
✔ Lots of people with pain have difficulties sleeping, but recent research has shown that sleeping well with pain is possible
✔ Making some changes to what you do during the day will help you sleep better
✔ Regular physical activity will help improve your sleep
✔ Your food and drink choices will have an impact too
✔ Getting into a regular night-time routine is important
✔ Making sure that your bedroom is ‘fit for sleep’ can make a big difference