Summer Sleep Tips

Summer is here and for many that often equates to many sleepless nights due to chronic illness and pain.

Extreme temperatures and heatwaves are just two reasons that those of us with chronic illnesses struggle to sleep during the summer months. Summer storms, extra activities, stress, and anxiety also play a role.

Today I am going to share some tips to help you sleep this summer!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

For background on my own past sleep issues and how I overcame them, view the live sleep discussion in my Facebook group: Making Pain My Bitch with The Disabled Diva.

Beat the heat

  • Turn on the air conditioner! Even if you don’t want the expense of running it all day, run it at night so you can sleep comfortably. Money saved by torturing yourself isn’t worth it.
  • Whether you run your air conditioner or not, run fans! If sleeping with the windows open, place your fan in front of it to draw in the cool night’s air.
  • Use cooling cloths.
  • Cool your body with a bath and add Epsom salts or a CBD bath bomb!
  • Use a cooling vest or icepacks
  • Freeze your sheet!
  • Go with the flow. My days and nights get turned around with seasonal changes. If you are like me and have a flexible schedule, go with it!! I get more done and feel better when I follow my body’s lead and work the “nightshift”. Within a few days, my body will automatically begin shifting to a more desirable schedule.

Reduce pain

Chill out

Clear your sleep space of distractions

  • Turn off the television!
  • Listen to soothing sounds on a sleep app like Calm
  • Listen to relaxing music and count beats, instead of sheep!
  • If your pets sleep with you and are disturbing your sleep, have them sleep in a kennel or another room.
  • If your spouse tosses and turns or snores, have one of you sleep in another room. Have them tested for sleep apnea. My husband’s CPAP machine saved us from having to sleep in separate rooms. A chin strap may also reduce the severity of their snoring.

Chronic pain from psoriasis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, adhesions, coccydynia, and costochondritis has plagued me for 20 years. Failed by pharmaceutical medications, I began addressing it with natural and alternative remedies. That's when my life returned.

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