Getting Sleep with Neuropathy

Sleeping with Neuropathy

You might not assume that neuropathy can negatively affect an individual’s sleep, but those with the condition understand how disruptive it can be. Many diabetic neuropathy patients report their neuropathy pain becoming most severe at night, to the point where it prevents them from getting adequate sleep. 

At BEST Health System, we understand how debilitating neuropathy can be, and we are dedicated to ensuring our patients feel their BEST, whether during the day or at night. In this article, you will find more information about diabetic neuropathy and ways to manage your condition so you can return to getting fulfilling sleep that will prepare you for your busiest days. 

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy, often referred to as nerve damage, is commonly found in diabetics. You may be wondering – how are diabetes and neuropathy related? The answer is that exceptionally high blood glucose levels can damage nerves, ultimately inhibiting their functions. Regardless of how you developed this condition, neuropathy pain is difficult to manage, and many patients believe there is no way to treat it. While neuropathy is irreversible, it is possible to manage your pain. 

You may experience different symptoms depending on your type of neuropathy. Studies by the National Library of Medicine have found that 68% of patients with neuropathic pain had disturbed sleep. Furthermore, the study found neuropathic pain can cause sleep disorders, intensifying neuropathy pain. This cycle can be extremely debilitating, and many patients question if it will ever end. Are you having trouble sleeping as a result of your neuropathy pain? You are not alone. 

At BEST Health System, we believe that patient education is vital to the treatment process. Therefore, we ensure to educate our patients and ensure they understand how to manage their pain at home, both before and after any operations. If you struggle to get a good night’s rest due to neuropathic pain, check out BEST Health System’s tips below. 

Develop a Nighttime Routine

Developing a nighttime routine and sticking to it is important when finding a solution for your neuropathy pain. Consider implementing some of these habits into your routine before you go to bed. 

  • Stay away from screens an hour before bedtime
  • Dip your feet in a warm bathtub to manage any pain
  • Drink chamomile tea or another tea that relaxes you
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • Consider stretching to relieve any built-up tension

If You Find Yourself Struggling to Sleep at Night…

Sometimes, you may find yourself awake in the late hours of the night. In this case, calming yourself down is most important. By slowing your breathing and relaxing your body, you can reduce stress and get more restful sleep. 

  • Try a guided meditation
  • Try deep breathing techniques
  • Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs
  • Try sleeping on your back with a pillow beneath your legs

Treatment with Dr. Keith Girton

Have you tried these suggestions yet still struggling to get a good night’s sleep? BEST Health System has you covered. Our surgeon, Dr. Keith Girton, understands how debilitating neuropathic pain can be; therefore, we have dedicated our services to help individuals find relief so they can be the BEST version of themselves. 
We begin with conservative action – including physical therapy, injections for pain, and other therapeutic methods. If the patient does not find relief after several weeks, they may be a candidate for surgery. Are you ready to feel your BEST? Contact BEST Health System today to learn about treatment with Dr. Keith Girton.