With many Americans having such busy lives, it’s no wonder that they may have trouble with sleep. Tossing and turning all night, and barely getting any shut eye is a common tale told by most at the water cooler each morning at work. Now, the other common ailment that is discussed is Americans joint pain. Studies have shown that there seems to be a correlation between the two, so the question remains: what came first, the joint pain or poor sleeping habits?
Joint Pain and Sleep Loss
Most who suffer from joint pain can attest that their quality of sleep is lacking and physicians advise this problem isn’t something that should be taken lightly. When one does not get the proper amount of sleep, functioning throughout the day can be difficult as can other activities that you may need to participate in. With sleep deprivation and joint pain combined, there is also the possibility of developing other health issue as well as mood disorders and low energy.
Why does this happen?
Typically as you are moving throughout the day, your body or more specifically your joints are bending and moving so they remain properly lubricated. However, when the body reaches a resting point, that lubrication stops causing friction.
The pain felt can be so excruciating that it can wake people up out of a sound sleep and when the pain reaches that level, surgery may be suggested to correct the problem. So, how can those who suffer from joint pain get some sleep? Our College Park chiropractors have some solutions to get you comfortable at night and find you that restful nights sleep.
Position Yourself Accordingly
While lying on your back may be your go to sleep position, switching to a side may be a better option. Lying on your side can take added pressure off of your joints which will get you a better nights sleep. However, if lying on one side is painful switch to the side that brings you less discomfort. Use pillows if need be to help settle you in or position them around you to make you more comfortable.
Shopping For Better Sleep
Having a good mattress can mean all the difference in getting a good night sleep, so if your mattress is a bit dated, it may be time to shop around for one that fits your current needs. Joint pain sufferers often sleep better on firmer mattress as they distribute weight better and take pressure off the joints. Always ask questions and test out the product before purchasing to ensure that it is the right fit for you.
Finding The Right Aid
Medications to help you sleep aren’t always the best choice for an every night fix. However, on some occasions it’s okay to take medications such as melatonin to help you settle in for the night and get a restful nights sleep. Other methods that can help you fall asleep easier would be to drink a decaffeinated tea or to exercise to help you decompress.
Poor sleep and joint pain are unfortunately two pairs that go hand in hand. However, there are many different ways to handle and manage your joint pain that can and will help to improve your quality of sleep. If you would like to learn how our College Park chiropractors can help with your joint pain and get you the sleep you so rightfully deserve, call us today at (404) 592-0319.