Pain with Sleeplessness

Pain that keeps you awake is the worst.

Fatigue and pain mixed together is a recipe for disaster. Don’t let minor aches and pains or headaches keep you up at night. Learning about how pain and sleeplessness are connected will help you tackle both at the same time.

Causes
Pain is registered by nerves communicating with your brain. If your body is constantly sensing pain, it is in turn constantly telling your brain about it. This makes it extremely difficult for you to enter a state of rest and sleep. Dealing with your pain will help you regain access to a good nights sleep.

Symptoms
Those with sleeplessness due to pain will find that they have trouble falling asleep and trouble staying asleep. Because of this, they may feel groggy and tired throughout the day due to fatigue. In addition, people who experience sleeplessness tend to make their symptoms worse by worrying about getting enough sleep.

Treatment
OTC medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Goody’s® Extra Strength Headache Powder utilizes the combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine to combat headache pain.

  • Many over-the-counter pain relievers (such as Goody's® PM) can help stop minor aches and pains with the use of Acetaminophen. They also often include a sleep aid such as diphenhydramine citrate to help you get the sleep you need.
  • Be sure nothing else is keeping you up at night. Try to keep the same sleep schedule so your body knows when it is time for bed.
  • Avoid exercise and bright artificial light from electronic devices an hour before bed and make sure your bedroom is a dark, relaxing place.

 

Pain doesn’t have to disrupt your daily life. Understanding how pain affects sleep will allow you to manage both things in a healthy way. If you have severe pain, it is best to consult a doctor to determine the proper treatment for pain with sleeplessness.

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