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Three tips for sleeping with facet syndrome

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential when you’re living with facet syndrome or another degenerative disease, as sleep helps to heal the body and rejuvenate the skeletal, muscular, nervous and immune systems. This can be especially difficult for someone with facet syndrome, however, as the pain associated with this condition can prevent you from falling asleep, sleeping soundly or sleeping long enough. Worst of all, the resulting lack of sleep can lead to even more aches and pains.

If you’re living with facet syndrome and you’ve been having trouble sleeping through the night, you may want to consider adopting the following three tips to achieve a more restful night’s sleep:

  1. Ensure you have enough space to relax. Feeling cramped can lead to restlessness, so be sure you have plenty of space around you when you are going to sleep. If you have the means to purchase a larger mattress, you may want to consider doing so. You could also remove any unnecessary items from your bed, such as throw pillows and extra bedding.
  2. Use extra pillows. In addition to the pillows you rest your head on, try using additional pillows to help maintain correct spinal alignment. If you prefer to sleep on your side, you can tuck a pillow between your knees. Or, if you sleep on your back, try placing a pillow under your knees.
  3. Create a relaxing environment. Make sure to keep your bedroom cool, as being too warm can keep you up at night. If there is a bright light shining through your window, blackout curtains can help to darken your room. Or, if the noises outside your home are keeping you up, invest in a white noise machine. Additionally, clutter can prevent you from achieving the relaxation needed for a peaceful night’s sleep, so make sure to tidy up your bedroom.

If you’re living with facet syndrome and your pain is preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep or participating in other activities that you used to enjoy, you may want to consider surgery. For information on how USA Spine Care’s minimally invasive outpatient surgeries could help to relieve the symptoms associated with facet disease, please contact us today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often clinically appropriate and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^ We would be happy to offer you a free MRI review* to help determine whether you might be a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.

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