Daylight Saving Time Tips for Maintaining Good Sleep
This Sunday, we spring our clocks forward one hour to officially begin Daylight Saving Time. Losing an hour’s sleep may not seem like a big deal, but if chronic pain is already affecting your rest, this “small” shift may have a significant impact on your quality of life. Here are a few of our favorite tips for how to get quality sleep when you have chronic pain. Try these methods to help you transition from endless tossing and turning to a peaceful night of sleep:
Create a sleeping schedule and stick to it. If you go to bed each night at the same time and rise the next day at the same time, you’ll help your internal clock get used to your sleep pattern and improve your drive to get a good night’s sleep. Keep track of when you fall asleep and wake up to better understand how a change in schedule might affect your quality of rest. It’s hard to avoid hitting “snooze,” but your body will thank you when you start to get more consistent sleep.
Make sure your environment is conducive to quality sleep. Is your mattress firm enough? Do you have the right pillows? What position are you sleeping in? Take note of your bedroom environment to see how your mattress, pillow, or sleep position may be impacting your sleep quality. There are a variety of mattress brands aimed to help people with chronic pain — research your options and ask your peers for advice to see what will work best for you. Depending on where you experience pain, there may be a specific body position that will improve comfort and ultimately lead to better sleep.
Consider Quell to relieve pain while you sleep. Quell 2.0 is a drug-free technology that uses prescription-strength transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to provide relief from chronic pain. While Quell isn’t a sleep aid, it can be worn 24/7, meaning it can deliver active therapy while you sleep. Use Quell 2.0 and the companion Quell Relief App to track your sleep patterns and therapy sessions.
Quell also empowers users with information about their sleep patterns and habits. Using the Quell Relief App, Quell users can explore sleep data to understand the relationship between pain relief and improved sleep. Quell provides eight sleep insights to help you learn more about your sleep health, including time awake, leg movements, and sleep positions.
For additional insight into the sleep pain connection, check out Dr. Breus’s post, Breaking the pain-sleep cycle.
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