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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with MS

August 14, 2015

Chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis demand that your body gets some rest, but unfortunately, sleeping is not the easiest thing to do when living with such a disease. While patients must fight through debilitating pain, muscle spasms, restless leg and numbness in the nighttime as well, it’s no wonder sleep problems are so prevalent throughout the MS community. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for a full night of slumber.

Don’t nap for too long

If the usual wave of fatigue hits you hard in the middle of the day, you will undoubtedly want to take a longer nap. Taking a nap is always a great idea, but it is best to take shorter naps that are just enough to keep you feeling well rested for the time being. Just remember that taking a long and excessive nap does cut into your evening sleep time.

Stick to a routine

Nuzzling into your comfy bed at the same time every night plays a huge roll in getting your body into a well regulated schedule. This is also true for waking up at the same time every morning. Creating a sleeping pattern and programming your body in this way will definitely assist you in getting through the nights that are to come.

Create a good sleeping environment

Isolate your bedroom and make your mind and body aware that this room is in fact, the ‘sleeping room’. Paint your walls a dark color, block out additional light with dark or thick curtains and most importantly—cleanse yourself of electronics. This includes your television and cell phone, ‘blue light’ is making sleep worse for everyone and you don’t need it to worsen your already difficult sleeping problems.

Meditate

 

Shut off your bedtime inner-chatter and clear your mind by using simple meditation strategies. The more you practice meditation the calmer you will get not only when trying to sleep, but also throughout the day when you might be feeling a little stressed-out. 

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep With MS - Fri August 14, 2015 3:41 PM