We've all been there. You're exhausted, but for some reason, you just can't seem to fall asleep. You toss and turn for hours, trying every sleeping position in the book, but nothing seems to work.
If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 30% of adults in the United States suffer from insomnia.
There are many possible causes of insomnia, including stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, medications, and more.
If you're struggling with arthritis related insomnia (or 'painsomnia' as many arthritis patient call it), you may be wondering what you can do to get some relief. One option worth considering is compression therapy.
What is compression therapy?
Compression therapy uses compression garments to apply pressure to the body to provide support and stability, and relieve pain and inflammation.
The compression garments are usually made of stretch fabric and are worn around the hands, feet, legs, arms, or torso. The amount of pressure applied by the compression garments can vary depending on the condition being treated, and it's severity.
The most common types of compression garments are compression socks and compression gloves.
How can compression gloves help with insomnia?
Wearing compression gloves in bed reduces joint pain and inflammation. Relieving discomfort makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
This creates a virtuous circle of healing because sleep is restorative. Getting a good nights sleep reduces arthritic pain and inflammation, which in turn will help you sleep through the night.
It's important to wear compression gloves that fit correctly. Hand can swell during sleep so make sure to only wear compression gloves the provide gentle compression. Consider sizing up if your gloves are tight.
If you're struggling with insomnia, you may want to give compression therapy a try.
Compression gloves are a a safe and affordable option for insomnia that can help to provide relief from pain, anxiety, and stress. You can sleep in compression gloves for up to 12 hours, after which time you need to switch them out.
If you're interested in trying compression therapy for your insomnia, talk to your doctor or physical therapist to see if it's right for you.