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Do you hurt when you wake up? Everyday aches and pains can seem so much worse in the morning. If this happens to you, you’re not alone. A lot of people wake up in pain. Sometimes, this pain gets better as you move through the day. Other times, you may feel like it never gets better.
You don’t just have to live with hurting when you wake. If you can determine why you wake up in pain, there’s almost always something you can do to make yourself feel better. Even some small changes can help you feel better every morning.
You’re Not Sleeping Well
The Problem: Sure, pain can wake you up at night and cause sleep disturbances, but did you know that not sleeping well can make your pain feel worse, too? It seems that sleep deprivation causes the brain to function differently, and these differences mean that you won’t be able to deal with pain as well. What might feel like a minor ache normally could feel like a stabbing wound if you haven’t slept.
The Solution: Figure out why you aren’t sleeping well, which may involve a visit to the doctor to see if you have an underlying sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, that causes you to get poor rest. Think, too, about your sleep environment. Is your bedroom dark, quiet, and the right temperature for sleep? You may also want to try turning off any electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime, avoid alcohol and rich foods in the evening, and try putting yourself on a stricter sleep schedule, so your body knows when it’s time to fall asleep at night.
Your Mattress Hurts You
The Problem: Your mattress needs to support your back properly. Which means that it keeps your spine in neutral alignment and does not twist, torque, or otherwise squash you into an unusual shape. If your back can’t maintain neutral alignment, it will probably hurt in the morning because it has been in an uncomfortable position all night.
The Solution: See if you can find a mattress that will work better for you. Most companies will now allow you to take a bed home and try it out for a certain number of days. This trial period can help you determine if a particular bed is going to help alleviate your back pain. Research shows that a medium-firm mattress may be your best aid when it comes to alleviating morning pain, but you should still try one for yourself.
Your Pain is Not Properly Treated or Managed
The Problem: If you have an underlying issue with your body that can cause pain, like an injury, wear and tear, or a medical condition, you need to make sure that you have the proper diagnoses, treatment, and pain management tools so you can get the rest you need. Otherwise, you may find that you consistently wake up in more pain than you were in before bed.
The Solution: Seek out medical treatment if a condition you know about hurts worse in the morning. You may need to see a chiropractor, your medical doctor, a physical therapist, or all three. Make sure that you have the right diagnosis and that your treatment is properly designed to help you improve.
You may also choose to learn how techniques for coping with pain, like meditation, breathing methods, and more. If nothing else helps, talk to your doctor about pain medication. It shouldn’t be your first choices, but it may be necessary for a while to help you wake up feeling better.
Pain upon waking can be anything from annoying to debilitating. Discomfort can get in the way of both everyday activities and connecting with the people you love. There’s almost always something you can do to help that pain, though. Take action today to determine what you can do to feel better, not only in the morning but all day long.