Topic Overview

If you have
chronic pain, such as with fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome, you may have a hard time sleeping or you may wake up feeling tired and
unrefreshed. Some experts believe poor sleep can make pain worse.

Getting a good night’s sleep may help. Here are some things to try:

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for 4 to 6
    hours or longer before bedtime. These can lead to poor sleep.
  • Try
    to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Do not read,
    eat, work, or watch television in bed. Use your bed only for sleeping and
  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable
  • Make sure your mattress provides good support. Use a
    neck support pillow to stabilize your head and neck during
  • Eliminate or block out all sound and light that may disturb
    your sleep. Try using a sleep mask and earplugs to help you
  • If you lie awake in bed for longer than 15 minutes, get up,
    leave the bedroom, and do something quiet (read or listen to music) until you
    are sleepy again.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO – Neurology

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017