Trying to sleep with a tense body after being in pain all day is not the best way to try and get a good nights sleep. Listen to the audiobook below to help relax your body and mind.
Getting adequate sleep is vital for both physical and mental health. However, many chronic pain sufferers struggle to relax into restful slumber due to persistent aches and tension.
Actively relaxing the muscles before bedtime can help pave the way for sounder sleep. Taking time to stretch tight areas, enjoy a warm bath, or practice deep breathing gently releases muscular tension accumulated during the day.
Muscles feel looser, the mind grows calmer, and the body eases into a state primed for deeper and more restorative sleep.
Making muscle relaxation a regular part of your pre-bedtime routine trains both body and brain to unwind, greatly improving quality of sleep.
Even a few minutes can make a dramatic difference in how refreshed you feel upon waking.
Foot note: In 2020 I worked alongside three academics who helped build a CBTI sleep therapy app for me.
The three were Achilleas Pavlou who is currently a Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Communication Skills at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Tania Karina Garcia Vite BSc Psychology, MsC Sleep Disorders. Dr Nicholas Cooper Senior Lecturer Department of Psychology University of Essex.
The sleep series is thus based on that collaboration...