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Dealing With Common Sleep Issues

Do you have any idea how important it is to get a good night’s sleep? Of course, it’s no secret that restful sleep every night has countless benefits on our health and wellness. Many physical therapists firmly enforce the importance of adequate sleep will ask their patients about it during each treatment. However, more Americans than ever are finding it difficult to get enough sleep. There are several common reasons for trouble sleeping, ranging from insomnia to uncomfortable mattresses to stress/anxiety. Often, certain issues that physical therapy helps to manage can be the cause of sleep problems, like chronic pain or spinal issues. Regardless, no matter what’s keeping you awake, it’s imperative to your health to deal with it. Sleep is as critical to your physical and mental health as exercise is.

Have you ever had to get up early and head to work on little to no sleep? Miserable, isn’t it? The entire day passes at a maddeningly-slow pace as you desperately pump yourself full of enough caffeine to ease what feels like cinderblocks weighing down your eyelids. However, after a full night’s rest, you’re much more likely to wake up energized and ready to conquer your day. Therefore, in this post, we’ll explore some reliable ways to deal with common sleep obstacles. Keep reading to find out more!

1. Chronic Pain

Sleep disturbance from chronic pain is an incredibly tough issue to deal with. Admittedly, it’s very likely one of the most difficult problems to overcome in order to sleep properly. Chronic pain is wildly unpleasant in and of itself. Physical therapists everywhere understand the kind of burdens on people dealing with it, during the day and at night. However, when it’s what is keeping you awake every night, it can be severely overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are many reliable ways to conquer your chronic pain at night. First, our physical therapists recommend incorporating yoga into your routine. It can help you counteract physical pain and achieve mental serenity that can calm you down. Also, take short walks in the evening – whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or not, a physical therapist will always encourage you to take more walks. When you walk, your body temperature naturally increases. This temperature then begins to drop due to your body’s heat dissipation mechanisms. As a result, the lower body temperature then helps trigger your sleep cycle.

2. Discomfort

Sometimes, nothing internal is agitating you at all. Often, the problem is basic, garden-variety discomfort. It can be a bad mattress, flimsy pillows, cheap, scratchy sheets/blankets – even the most trivial factors can have a huge impact on our ability to sleep.

Every physical therapist knows that proper spine alignment and posture is crucial to getting enough sleep. However, with a poor-quality mattress, this usually doesn’t happen. The result is long, restless nights of irritable tossing and turning, back pain and more. Therefore, getting a good mattress is essential. But what if you can’t afford one? And if the problem isn’t with your bedding, it’s likely an internal physical issue. In that case, your first priority should be to consult your physical therapist about what sort of treatments you can engage to fix the issue.

Fortunately, nowadays, it’s easier than ever to get a great mattress at affordable rates. A few years ago, we were limited solely to department stores with absurd mark-ups and ludicrously-inflated prices. However, thanks to the diverse catalogue of retailers operating online, you can get a fantastic mattress at a paltry percentage of department store prices.

Even if it isn’t your mattress – it could be your pillows, blankets, sheets – you’ll eventually thank yourself for investing in your sleep. Splurge a little on high-quality sleeping materials, and your sleep will drastically improve.

3. Transition Periods

Yes indeed – something like a daylight-savings transition or seasonal change can be a monumental adjustment for a lot of people. Of course, anything like this can wreak havoc on our body’s natural synergy and throw it entirely off track. As a result, our performance abilities, emotional stability and sleep cycle suffer.

The best way to mitigate this issue and restore proper sleep is to apply as much consistency and stability to your routine as possible. Do your best to rise and go to bed at the same time every day, in a dark room with no electronics on or distractions to stimulate you.  If you commit to this and have enough discipline, it should take no longer than a week or two to realign your body’s sleep cycle.

Conclusion – Lake Shore Physical Therapy

If you’re having trouble sleeping, we know how frustrating it can be. Also, we know just how much it can affect every area of your life. We want you to be as healthy and well as possible. So, if you need any additional help or guidance, we’re always here to provide any insight you’d like.