If you have a pinched nerve, it can cause a lot of distress to you and the discomfort will probably interfere with your attempts to fall asleep. A pinched nerve typically occurs because various muscle, bone and cartilage tissues apply a lot of added stress on the roots of the affected nerves. Common locations in the body where this problem can occur are the elbow, neck and lower back areas. However, literally any place on the body can become a victim of pinched nerves.
The first signs of a pinched nerve are symptoms such as tingling around the affected area, pain in that region and feebleness in the nearby muscles. If you are suffering from a pinched nerve that is preventing you from falling asleep, you can try some common solutions for the problem, such as medication or avoiding moving the affected area before you attempt to sleep. The best thing to do would be to contact your doctor and get a proper diagnosis of the problem.
Until you can visit your doctor and receive proper medical care, here are some tips that you provide you with enough relief to be able to fall asleep.
#1. Avoid any physical movement near the affected area
Once you realize that you have a pinched nerve due to an injury or some other reason, you should do your best to avoid any physical exertion at or near the affected area of your body. For example, if your left elbow is suffering from a pinched nerve, you should not move your left arm at all. For best results, you should get a sling for your left arm and treat it as if it were broken.
You should try to sleep with the sling still on your arm, however if that proves too uncomfortable, you can take the sling off about thirty minutes before you retire to bed.
#2. Put ice on the affected region
This is a good temporary solution for the pain caused by a pinched nerve. Although it is temporary, it should be enough to allow you to fall asleep without being in too much discomfort.
Take a pack of ice and press it onto the area of your skin where the pain is the most extreme. Keep the ice applied to that area for 20 to 30 minutes and keep doing this throughout the day. Apply it 30 minutes before you attempt to fall asleep to ensure that the area of the pinched nerve will be relieved of pain right before you go to bed.
After you have removed the ice, wear the sling and try to go to sleep.
#3.Take pain medication
You should have painkillers available in your house, such as ibuprofen or tylenol or some other effective painkiller. Take two of these every four to six hours throughout the day. If this does not ease your pain, increase the dosage by one more pill.
Time your pill taking schedule in such a way that you take the last dose right before you go to bed. Try to lay down in a position that is the most comfortable position for you. Use extra pillows if you need to cushion the painful area of your body from getting squashed against the bed by your weight.
If the pain still keeps you awake, take some more painkillers. However, be careful not to go overboard with the medicine as you don’t want to overdose. Try taking off the sling in order to provide fresh air to the affected area and try sleeping then.
The tips given above should be enough to allow you to sleep with a pinched nerve for a day or two at most. However, these are not proper solutions. To properly remedy the problem, visit your doctor and after you have been professionally diagnosed, follow your doctors instructions as to treatment and medication for the pinched nerve.