When Aches and Pains Disrupt Your Sleep

Those minor aches and pains felt during sleep can rob you out of a more relaxing good night’s rest. It might come from a previous activity the other day. You might have pulled a muscle while out jogging or felt some muscle strain while helping out moving things around the house. You might not feel it at first. But when time comes for you to sleep, the aches and pains may suddenly appear.

Pain can be a hassle during sleep. Some people may experience it and cause a sleepless night or two. But at most times such aches and pains usually go away. But there are people who suffer from chronic pain that can seriously affect a person’s sleeping habit. Chronic pain can cause a person to be deprived of adequate sleep that can have an effect on overall health over time.

When a person is sleeping, a normal night would comprise of different stages. People may experience light sleep, deep sleep as well as REM or Rapid Eye Movement sleep. This cycle usually occurs three to five times every night under normal conditions. A person should have enough deep and REM sleep in order to have that feeling of adequate rest the next day.

The problem with pain is that it can disrupt with the normal cycle of sleep. Even if it is just mild pain, it can easily deprive one going from light to the deep stages of sleep. There would be times during the night that pain would be felt that would bring you back into a light sleep stage. This can happen even if you are not conscious about it or ever remember waking up in the middle of the night. But the disruption can be felt by your body and give you the feeling that you seem to lack adequate rest last night.

Different kinds of pain that can affect your sleep

  • Headaches can easily disrupt your sleep cycle as well as that common back pain.
  • Muscle pain from over exertion or arthritis may be pain that can give you sleepless nights.
  • Certain conditions such as fibromyalgia which is characterized by pain throughout the body’s muscles can also cause weeks and even months of sleepless nights.
  • For women, pain brought by pre-menstrual cramps may be just as worse.

How to get less pain?

Practicing good sleep habits also requires that you try to deal with even the minor pains or aches that you may be feeling. Some of them can be caused by one’s own actions. Trying to prevent or avoid those aches and pains as much as possible can help you get better quality sleep every night.

Avoid getting some exercise late in the evening before going to bed because it can make getting to sleep more difficult.

Try also to cut back on caffeine especially during nights. It can easily cause you to stay awake and disrupt your sleep cycle.

Try to avoid taking naps during mid-day. It can reduce the amount of sleep that you can get at night.


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