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Sleeping Soundly with Chronic Pain

7 Ways to Sleep Better Now

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  • I just completed a chronic pain course and some of these suggestions were taught to us in the course. Thank you for giving us some new ones we can use. God Bless.
  • I will try some of these suggestions thanks!
  • I've had chronic pain since the mid-90s and now that I'm older and have had multiple fractures, I have even more chronic pain. I've tried all of the suggestions and for me, sleep is elusive because pain will wake me after 45 min all night. I don't get restorative sleep so now my memory and recall is suffering so much that I worry I have early Alzheimers. The same pain that keeps me awake at night also prevents naps so I rarely get more than 4-5 hrs of broken up sleep ever.
    The suggestions are very good for others, tho. Thank you.
  • Great information here. I have just registered for a 6 week course on living with severe pain. I'm looking forward to start attending next week. I can possibly relay some of this information to the class as well.
  • I actually sleep better with one or more of my cats on top of me especially when it is cold. They create a warm spot (body contact) and start purring and that can even have me falling asleep when I wasn't planning on it.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate;
    only love can do that.
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Thank you- something I really needed to hear.
  • I was glad to see I wasn't the only one who can't take melatonin - I feel like TOTAL crap the next day ( like almost HUNG OVER - NO Thanks) and then it takes a day or two to feel normal again. I can take Sleep MD (not sure if its available outside of Canada or Z-quil but I usually only take 1/2 of a dose). They usually don't seem to bother me - a couple of Gravol pills also works.
  • I feel groggy as well when so take Melatonin to sleep. A single Benadryl pill )which is the same ingredient of all the over the counter sleep aids like Tylenol PM or Advil PM) is what I take a few nights a week. I use 3 different thickness and firmness of pillows. One for under my head, one between my arms that is fluffy and soft and one between my knees that is thinner.
  • I have used melatonin several times. Never again!! I feel groggy when I wake up, and it also causes confusion. Now I just use a half of tylenol pm
  • Good information that I needed. Thank you!
  • I always have problems with my shoulder and arm. So I was up last night and tried the Melatonin no go but then tried a sleep aid a few hours later with some success. UGH... Never ever thought sleeping would be so hard for me...
  • I have three convoluted pillows that I bought at Kmart 30 years ago, I wash them, dry them first on the line, then in the dryer to kill dust mites. I cover them with two zippered special covers, then my pillowcase. I also have been sleeping with a pillow between my knees for almost 40 years. It relieves pressure on one's spine and neck. Trial and error are the best way to test what works for you.
  • Just need to find a real good pillow that will support my head and neck without going flat.

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