Did you know that sleep can play a huge role in chronic pain?  The better rest you get, the more likely it is to help with your pain.  Here are some ways to help you sleep better:

  1. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  2. Limit your napping to 15-20 minutes.  This will help you sleep better at night.
  3. Start dimming the lights and turn off the computer 2 hours before bed.
  4. Be smart about reading before bed if you use an e-reader.  Some are brighter than others which can make it harder to sleep after you put the e-reader away. Try books on tape instead.
  5. Start limiting your caffeine intake.
  6. Stay away from big meals at night and try eating 2 hours before bed.
  7. Avoid drinking a lot of liquids at night to avoid multiple bathroom breaks during the night.
  8. Do some stretches to help your body relax.