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.
- 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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Learn some relaxation techniques. Play some soft music.
Quiet yourself with some deep breathing exercises, quiet meditation,
- 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.
- Avoid taking any stimulants. Lay off the coffee,
caffeinated, tea or sodas, especially in the six hours preceding
- 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.