If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you are more than aware of how much it can affect your life, including your sleep. Chronic pain is hard enough when it comes to daily tasks, but when it affects your sleep, it sends your stress through the roof.
Here are some ways you can start improving your sleep when you have fibromyalgia.
Cool Rooms Make Better Sleep
One thing that very few people seem to take into account, is that the temperature of the room can greatly influence how comfortable you are when you are about to fall asleep. A warm room is likely to keep you awake and prevent you from getting comfortable enough to finally slip into sleepy land. If you experiment with your room temperature, you’re likely to find a suitable temperature that works for you and gets you sent off slumber.
Get Some Vigorous Exercise
Exerting yourself can go a long way to putting yourself to bed. Sometimes excess energy from the day has a way of keeping you awake. The best way to solve that is by making sure you don’t have any extra energy to worry about. Try doing short bursts of very vigorous exercise, and you’re likely to end up closing your eyes a lot faster than if you hadn’t.
Choose the Right Pillow
Another thing that escapes a lot of people is the simple trick of changing how you sleep and being sure that your bedding is arranged in a way that allows you to get proper rest. Many people use their pillow in a way that is much too high to allow them to properly lie down and get a good night’s rest. Small tweak can make all the difference in your rest habits.
Learn About Sleep Medication
If you’re having such serious issues with sleep that it’s beginning to stunt your performance in life and at work, then you might want to speak with a healthcare professional about considering some sleep aids. There are some available over the counter, but it’s always a good idea to consult a doctor before taking anything that can make you unaware of your surroundings.
Consider a Sleep Study
When most people think about the idea of having to see a doctor for some kind of sleep study, they probably aren’t picturing a comfortable stay at a hospital, but rather an uncomfortable, boring stay in a sterile white cube with beeping machines and frowning people adjusting their glasses. While not the most favorable choice of how a person wants to spend their time, certain circumstances might make it all worth it.
The purpose of this article is to explore some reasons and circumstances that might show you it’s time to do a sleep study. Keep reading to learn more about sleep studies, what they are, and who they are for.
You Have Sudden Issues
If you’ve been experienced the feeling of jolting out of sleep or waking up with breathing issues, then it is absolutely essential for you to get a sleep study. When you are observed and measured in a few ways, doctors will be able to ascertain the cause of your breathing issues. Those are not issues that you can neglect, because your body will not always function perfectly when it isn’t getting enough oxygen, and this can sometimes aggravate heart problems that can lead to sudden death. Keeping an eye on this will help you to live a healthier life.
Remember that sleep conditions like sleep apnea actually cause you to stop breathing at night. This doesn’t just cause snoring that disturbs your sleeping partner or something that wakes up you up often, it can potentially disastrous consequences. It is not something to ignore.
Your Partner Suffers Too
If you’re a person in a relationship, then you probably have had some point in time where you have worried about them due to an unanswered call or a late engagement. Imagine then how it would feel to go to bed every night wondering if they were going to wake up? If you wake up suddenly, jolting and gasping for air, this could exert a lot of stress on your significant other, and put them in a constant state of panic when they sleep next to you. Sleep disturbances can weaken a relationship, particularly if it’s something that you can improve with an adjustment in your habits.
Your Health Has Changed Recently
Do you feel as though you’re suddenly less energetic? Do you find yourself less focused and generally grumpy? That could be a sign that you aren’t actually getting the kind of rest that you should be. A sleep study might cost a few dollars, but how much money is your life worth to you? There’s a large possibility that doctors will be able to find signs that will help them to find a diagnosis, and even if they don’t, the study could be one of the few things with the ability to point you in the right direction.
The concept of a sleep study might sound scary, but they aren’t nearly as bad as you think. You arrive late at night before bedtime, are hooked up to sensors, then go to sleep in a private room. You wake up the next morning with results of the sleep study.
Make sure to consult your doctor!
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