As important as it is to sleep soundly when we have a chronic pain condition, it is not easy to do this. From my current state of woozy jet lag I figured I´m in the perfect situation to elaborate on this, so I´m going to write a few more sleep related pain-free tips, the first of them being:
Do an inventory of your sleep situation.
Answer the following questions:
1. How many hours of sleep have you had per night during the last week? (btw this is important info for your pain journal)
2. Is your bedroom a serene and peaceful environment for resting? - If not, what changes are necessary to make it so?
3. What do you do in the hours preceding going to bed? - should you be doing other stuff instead?
4. Are there things/activities/people you know may interfere with your sleep? How can you minimize their influence?
5. How many hours of sleep do you need in order to function well? - compared to what you are getting now.
Talking to your doctor to get the right combination of medication for pain & sleep is essential, but creating the best possible routines around your sleep is equally important, and no-one but you can do this in a way that is right for you. What precautions can you take today to ensure that you get as much good quality sleep as possible?