Sleep is as important to a healthy life as diet and exercise and you really will look better, feel better and perform better after good sleep. Also quality of sleep is linked with pain perception so the better you sleep the less pain you will feel.
Quality of sleep is also very important therefore sleep should as far as possible be uninterrupted and so it is important to minimise those things that may disturb you. Disturbances to the sleep will result in the feeling of ‘poor’, non-restorative or un-refreshing sleep.
There are many things you can do to improve your sleep. The first step is to look at your life and lifestyle to see if there are things that may be causing your poor sleep e.g. diet, exercise patterns, sleeping environment, personal habits, stress and worries of daily living. You can find some useful tracks and help on sleeping and relaxation on this free downloadable CD 'Living with Chronic Pain'.
The information above was written by Sleep Expert Dr Neil Stanley for use on this website. A fuller list of ideas can be found here >>.
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