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Sleep Tips

After an orthopedic injury, sleep cycles can become disrupted. Your body is in a very traumatized state! Taking pain medication can quiet the pain, but can often contribute to sleep disruption. There are times when even with pain medication, your body will ache. It's not easy to rest and relax when in this condition.

Broken Beauties has assembled a list of Sleep Tips that can help you get the rest that you need to optimize broken bone healing.

  1. Make sure the time you set for you bedtime is the time that you are sleepy. Like the Three Bears say, "Not too early, not too late, but pick just the right time". Oh right! That was porridge, beds? pillows?
  2. No Naps! Unless of course it's the first few days of recovery and you are just flat worn out from the pain, stress and body adjustment. In fact you may sleep much more these first few days from shear exhaustion. But as soon as possible try and get back on a regular routine.
  3. Make your bedroom or sleeping area a quiet place. Try and keep the T.V. off in this room. Use this as a place to read or listening to quiet music.
  4. Use the time before going to bed to relax. Take a nice hot bath; drink a hot cup of Chamomile or other non-caffeinated, herbal tea, read some of that great book you got on our link to Amazon.com.
  5. Learn some relaxation techniques. Play some soft music. Quiet yourself with some deep breathing exercises, quiet meditation, or centering prayer.
  6. Try and avoid stressful news, violent television shows or video games. These violent, stressful images can stay in your head and cause you to stay wound up. Try a good (non-scary!) book to help you relax and promote recovery from your broken bones or fractures.
  7. Avoid taking any stimulants. Lay off the coffee, caffeinated, tea or sodas, especially in the six hours preceding bedtime.
  8. Don't use alcohol or tobacco close to bedtime. You may think these things calm you, but in fact they are stimulants that will disrupt sleep cycles.