Is pain keeping you up at night?
Achy joints, shoulders, backs and legs can translate to a lot of tossing and turning. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” What can you do? First, make sure you are seeing a doctor to resolve any problems related to your medical condition that affects your sleep. If pain is keeping you awake, your doctor may recommend changing your medications.
Some low-tech solutions may invite the sandman to visit. A warm shower or bath before bed eases pain and makes getting to sleep easier. “Epsom salt baths are recommended,” says Dr. Caroline Dean who is a Medical Advisory Board Member for the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association.
“Warm to moderately hot Epsom salts (which include magnesium sulfate) baths will help chronic back pain. The magnesium is absorbed into the tissues which creates muscle relaxation. Oral magnesium citrate powder, mixed in water, before bedtime can help a pain sufferer fall asleep faster as it acts as a natural sleep aid.”
Finding relaxation techniques that work for the individual sleep-challenged pain sufferer is important. The experts recommend trying out different practices to see what works best for you. “You can kill two birds with one stone by relaxing in an Epsom salts bath,” says Dr. Dean. “Deep massage therapy can stretch and relax tense muscles that feed into a chronically painful back.”
Many Salonpas customers write to us saying that prior to using Salonpas, pain symptoms kept them wide awake as they attempted to wind down for sleep. What products are helping them? Some customers swear by our patches, while others turn to our jet spray and deep relieving gel to quickly lessen their pain and let them enjoy a good night’s sleep.
At Salonpas, we want to make sure that you are able to make the most of your world and face the day with energy. Does pain ever affect your ability to get to sleep? Please let us know if there’s a Salonpas product you turn to that helps you get pain relief so you can get some zzzzzzz.