As anyone suffering with neuropathy is aware, neuropathy is a 24/7 condition. The pain, burning or numbness might be slightly better or worse at times, but generally, it is always there. For many patients, symptoms get worse at night, just as you want to sink into the relief of sleep.
By itself, a lack of sleep can lead to a host of problems. Science has linked a large number of health issues, from memory loss to weight gain, to both quantity and quality of sleep. Possible effects of poor sleep include daytime sleepiness, fatigue, mood changes or an inability to regulate mood, lack of energy, impaired cognition, memory problems, irritability, and decreased alertness and concentration. For people suffering from neuropathy, a particularly troublesome effect can be to lower your pain threshold and tolerance and thereby make the existing neuropathic pain feel worse.
If you have insomnia with neuropathy, it is important to talk to your doctor about addressing this additional concern. Poor sleep can complicate efforts to manage your neuropathy symptoms. In some cases, simple changes can have an impact, such as limiting caffeine before bed, minimizing electronics use and avoiding alcohol or heavy meals for a period of time before trying to fall asleep. The medications you take, including over the counter supplements, may also be impacting your ability to get a good night’s rest. Your doctor can work with you on techniques, behaviors or medications that might help you get the sleep you need.
Just as the symptoms of neuropathy will vary for each individual, so too must the treatment, including those for additional co-morbidities. If you are suffering from neuropathy, schedule an appointment with one of our many US Neuropathy Centers today. Our doctors will work with you on an individualized treatment plan to help you take back your quality of life.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2015