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CFS/ME, or to give the condition it’s full title Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, is one of the most frustrating conditions that affect sleep. Despite being tired all the time, CFS sufferers often find that they are unable to get to sleep and, even if they do, they wake up unrefreshed.
The causes of CFS/ME are still unknown and though the condition is hardly uncommon, scientists are still at a loss as to how to treat it. However, there are a few things you can try to help improve the quality of your sleep.
In fact, even if you don’t have CFS/ME, you might like to try these tips!
Combating Chronic Pain
Many people with ME suffer with chronic pain and/or fibromyalgia. This is a type of pain that can affect the joints and muscles as well as the glands and is often described as ‘flu-like symptoms’. Obviously, this is going to affect your sleep.
Getting the best possible mattress and pillow combination should be your first port of call. Make sure that you are comfortable, with your back in alignment. You should always try a few mattresses out before you select one and give yourself a full afternoon to make a good choice.
One option is to try CBD oil which can relax the muscles and reduce symptoms. Green garden gold’s website has some interesting articles on this topic that are worth reading before you try.
Give Weighted Blankets a Go
Weighted blankets were first developed to help anxious dogs calm down and sleep by imitating the sensation of being hugged. It’s hardly surprising that the demand for weighted blankets for the human population soon followed! Though you can imitate the idea of a weighted blanket by piling a few on top of each other, the likelihood is that you’ll just end up feeling hot.
The weight of the blanket is soothing for people who suffer with insomnia as well as stress and anxiety. For people with CFS, the blanket seems to help calm the body down and reduce restlessness which in turn improves sleep quality. The blanket is non-medicinal so anyone can try it.
Use Heat and Ice Smartly
Heat and ice therapies are well-known for reducing and mitigating pain. Ice is ideal for sore throbbing pain but heat is perfect for joint pain and general aches. As many people with CFS also find controlling their temperature a challenge sometimes, these therapies can also help to make you more comfortable at night.
At the most basic end, a hot water bottle is cheap and cheerful as well as effective. You can fill it with warm water or you can fill it with cold and pop it in the freezer on a hot night. Stepping up a little, you might also like to consider an electric heat pad. You can actually find these shaped like jackets online which provide wings to go around your shoulders too!
Though there is no current cure for CFS, making yourself as comfortable as possible will help alleviate some of your symptoms. And even if you don’t have CFS, these tips could work nicely for you too!