Spring is a time of growth and progress, but it is also a time for seasonal joint pain. Changes in temperature, humidity, and air pressure can affect your joints and cause you to feel pain, especially if you have prior injuries or arthritis. Plus, overlooked minor injuries from the winter ski season can quickly lead to chronic pain. Sleep is a necessity for injury recovery, pain management, and overall health, but it can be hard to rest if you have the wrong sleeping environment. Here are some ways to fall asleep faster this spring in order to better manage your pain:
Control the Humidity
Humidity rises slightly in springtime, especially with increased seasonal rainfall. A more humid environment makes it feel warmer than it actually is and can affect your ability to self-regulate your temperature at night. Managing your home’s humidity to about 30-50% can help prevent night sweats, congestion, and worsening of allergies. This can be accomplished with an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.
Take Control of Your Allergies and Asthma
Allergies can make it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Itchy eyes, sneezing, and trouble breathing are all symptoms that can prevent you from getting the rest that you need. Seasonal allergies and asthma can both be made worse by pollen in the air this spring. If you suffer from these conditions, discuss how to best manage your symptoms with your doctor, and consider chiropractic care for asthma. In addition to medication and treatment, reducing exposure to pollen and other allergens can drastically reduce symptoms and help your home feel more comfortable. Avoid opening your bedroom windows on high pollen days; you can check the pollen forecast on most weather websites. Keeping your home clean will also make a big impact on your symptoms, and therefore, your sleep. Taking a shower after coming inside, using an air purifier, and changing your clothes before sitting or lying in bed can all make a difference. Allergens will accumulate on soft surfaces in your bedroom, so use a pillow that you can wash and vacuum surfaces that you can’t, such as couch cushions.
Get a Massage
Massage therapy is a great way to relax, reduce pain, and decrease stress. Many people report that they get more restful sleep after getting a massage. The benefits are both physical and psychological. Whether it is once in a while or as part of a larger treatment plan, consider finding a massage therapist to help bring you into spring the right way and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Give your body the rest it needs this spring by setting up an ideal sleeping environment and managing chronic pain. Don’t ignore injuries from winter – get ahead of your pain and enjoy the season of wellness. Contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment today!