Chronic pain and brain injury - Sleep


You will spend about one third of your life sleeping and how much sleep you need is different for each person. It is very common to have problems with sleep after a brain injury and when you have chronic pain. You might have trouble falling or staying asleep, sleeping too much, snoring or even nightmares.  Poor sleep can have a big impact on your daily life – you might feel tired all the time, it can make your pain worse and make your feel down.  It can take time but working on improving your ‘sleep brick’ is a key part to managing your pain.

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Sleep diary

Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day

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Sleep practices

Don’t nap longer than 30 minutes

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Bedtime routine

Turn off TVs, computers and phones at least an hour before bed

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Try meditating or relaxing before bed

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Sleep and worry

Wind down before bed and stop drinking coffee, caffeine and energy drinks at least 3 or 4 hours before

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Sleep thought swaps

Try swapping your upsetting thoughts about sleep, for ones that can help you get to and stay asleep

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