If you have
chronic pain, such as with fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome, you may have a hard time sleeping or you may wake up feeling tired and
unrefreshed. Some experts believe poor sleep can make pain worse.
Getting a good night's sleep may help. Here are some things to try:
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for 4 to 6
hours or longer before bedtime. These can lead to poor sleep.
to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Do not read,
eat, work, or watch television in bed. Use your bed only for sleeping and
- Keep your bedroom at a comfortable
- Make sure your mattress provides good support. Use a
neck support pillow to stabilize your head and neck during
- Eliminate or block out all sound and light that may disturb
your sleep. Try using a sleep mask and earplugs to help you
- If you lie awake in bed for longer than 15 minutes, get up,
leave the bedroom, and do something quiet (read or listen to music) until you
are sleepy again.
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome