Better Sleep in 2016: Are you losing sleep because of pain or medicine?

Posted on: February 15th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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Let’s face it; everyone tends to yawn a couple of times during the day.  But, if you’re waking up tired on a regular basis, something is interfering with your sleep.  CarePro Health Services shares information to help you determine the sleep deprivation culprits so you can get better sleep in 2016!

Is pain killing your sleep?

More than just a pain in the neck, your pain may be causing you to lose sleep.  People relieve pain in different ways and sleep is usually the great cure to relieve pain.  However, pain in any part of your body may be causing sleep disruption.  Common pain triggers can range from:

  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual pain

Chronic or just slight pains might not wake you up, but still may be affecting your quality of sleep. Pain keeps the body tense which doesn’t allow our bodies to get the true, deep sleep we need every night.  People living with chronic pain may actually feel worse after waking up in the morning.  Speak with your doctor about your mild, chronic or slight body pains and how you can correct them.

Are common medicines affecting your sleep?

Taking your daily dose of vitamins and minerals is important to everyday health and well-being, but your medicine cabinet may be to blame with your sleep disruption.  Common drugs like steroids for asthma and beta-blockers for high blood pressure or heart problems can negatively affect your sleep.  Also, keep in mind that common pain killers designed to relax sore and achy muscles can also relax the muscles in your head and neck, leading to sleep apnea risks.

Be careful when taking holistic and herbal supplements.  Herbal supplements can cause sleep loss and poor sleep because many of them are stimulants.  Vitamins B6 and B12, for example, have been known to cause very vivid and disturbing dreams for people along with several over-the-counter medications.

If you or a loved one is experiencing sleep disruptions on a regular basis, make a list of every medication you’re taking and all the food and drink you eat throughout the day.  Some medications react badly with certain foods or become ineffective if mixed together.  Contact your CarePro pharmacist with questions about your medication and sleep disruptions.

If you feel sleep apnea is disturbing your sleep, see your doctor right away, and if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, come to CarePro Home Medical for all your sleep apnea treatment needs!

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