It can be hard to fall asleep due to stress or anxiety, two ailments that seemingly affect everyone at one time or another. But when you factor chronic pain into the mix, falling asleep can become an overwhelming struggle.
Nearly 1 in 3 people experiencing chronic pain report problems with their sleeping schedule. Unfortunately, losing sleep due to experiencing pain can become a vicious cycle. Medical researchers have found that a lack of sleep can trigger symptoms of fibromyalgia, and it’s well documented that sleep deprivation can cause a litany of ailments.
While certain conditions aren’t easily remedied, there are tools you can use to make falling asleep a little less stressful. Using yoga and mindful breathing is certainly one. But finding the right sleeping position can go a long way to helping you fall asleep.
The following graphic, courtesy of Dromma Bed, illustrates the nine sleeping positions that can help manage chronic pain. If you suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia pain in your arms or ankles, you can employ the same position as recommended for broken bones. Elevating aching joints reduces inflammation and can alleviate swelling. Using pillows is also recommended, especially if you have a tendency to twist and during the night.
Do you have any tips for falling asleep while experiencing pain? Share them in the comments.