Written by The Sleep Charity
Many of our community struggle with sleep issues caused by their illness, symptoms or medication. For those that live with chronic illness a good night sleep is critical so establishing good habits and routines would be very beneficial I am sure.
Sleep is an essential part of our health - it decreases the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and it helps us fight off minor ailments, deal better with stress, anxiety and depression and even tackle weight problems.
However, chronic illnesses and sleep can be negatively synergistic: illness stops sleep and sleep deprivation amplifies pain and illness. Often medications can affect sleep or quality of sleep.
So, what can those suffering from chronic illnesses do to get a better night’s sleep.
If you feel your condition is seriously impacting your sleep, then you may need seek medical help.
The Sleep Charity has a free National Sleep Helpline for further support and advice. The charity also has several CBT-I trained practitioners, which is a route you may wish to explore. https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/
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