Stopping the Pattern of Neuropathic Pain and Sleeplessness

Those who suffer with nerve pain may notice that they feel more uncomfortable during the evening hours. Nerve pain may include a creeping crawling sensation, tingling, shooting pain, pins and needles, burning, and/or an aching.

According to WebMD,

“People with diabetes-related nerve damage may experience worse pain in the evening hours, preliminary research suggests. If confirmed in larger studies, the findings suggest that people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy might need more pain medication late at night.”

If you are one of those people who have nerve pain, damage and/or neuropathy, here are a few tips and tricks to help you get through the night and calm those nerves.

1.) Lesson your distractions around bedtime.

If you are too riled up it can contribute to your sympathetic system going into overdrive and keeping you wired and awake. By lessoning distractions and starting a calming bedtime routine like going to bed at the same time every night, using white noise, listening to calming music, meditating or praying, lighting some candles, the parasympathetic nervous system has a chance to kick in to bring about calm. Read more about it here.

2.) Avoid too low of temperatures when trying to sleep. When temperatures drop, blood flow slows to the extremities and your circulation decreases. When the body perceives lower temperatures, nerves may misfire and cause pain.

According to SpineUniverse.com, “a large study conducted in Sweden and published in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health surveyed almost 135,000 male construction workers. The researchers found that the men who worked in low temperatures reported higher incidences of neck and low back pain compared with those working in higher temperatures. A similar survey in Finland produced the same findings.”

Muscles may also stiffen up during the colder weather causing discomfort or aching sensations.

3.) Calming the sympathetic nervous system may be as simple as taking a few deep breaths before bed, counting sheep, visualizing a safe place or something wonderful like a beautiful scene or place you’ve been to or want to go. Turn off all lights and electronic devices. Ear plugs and a face mask may help to drown out excess noise or light.

4.) New treatments for nerve pain include INF, or Intramural Facilitation which can help restore lost blood flow to damaged nerves.

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