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5 Tips For Better Sleep With Nerve Pain

laziness and sleepThey say you often don’t realize what you have until it’s gone.  Well, my feet aren’t technically gone (I can still see them down there), but boy do I miss them.  For anyone feeling the effects of nerve damage in the feet (or elsewhere), the pain and sensitivity makes you acutely aware of their presence.  Among the long list of routines that nerve damage disrupts – one of the most frustrating is my sleep routine.

Sleep is such a critical function.  During sleep our cells repair damage and our bodies recharge. A lack of sleep can increase our risk of health problems such as heart disease, cold & flu, diabetes, cognitive impairments and more.  Unfortunately for many people with nerve damage manifesting itself in the feet – extreme sensitivity can make sleep quite difficult.  Even the slightest brush of a sheet against the foot can result in screaming sensations of pain, thereby disrupting sleep.

So what can you do to regain control of your sleep routine?  Here are five tips for getting a good night sleep with sensitive feet:

1.  Create a Routine:

Start by creating a bedtime routine or ritual.  The purpose of the routine is to help your body and mind to begin to unwind and relax, thereby preparing it to enter a more restful state.  Your routine might include a warm bath, reading a book, listening to soothing music, etc.  Start your routine an hour or two before bed and repeat it daily, if possible.  Your body will begin to recognize this pattern and will become trained to begin relaxing as you repeat it each night.

2.  Avoid Sleep Cycle Disruptors

There are a number of activities that can disrupt your bodies natural sleep cycles, making it more difficult to wind down at night.  Things to avoid include alcohol, smoking or caffeine close to bedtime.  Turn off all screens (tv, tablets, smartphones, etc) at least two hours before bed.  The blue light emitted from screens tricks your body’s cycles and prevents it from producing melatonin, a natural sleep aid.

3.  Protect the Feet

There are a number of techniques for minimizing the potential for pain during the night.  You may try wearing soft, thick socks and pulling the sheets up so they don’t cover your feet.  There are also a number of frames and devices available that will lift the sheets up, thereby protecting your feet from contact.  Additionally, you may employ the use of lotions or ointments to help reduce pain and sensitivity at night.

Experiment with different strategies until you find one that works for you.  You may also talk to others with nerve damage to see what strategies they have employed.

4.  Talk To Doctor 

Talk to your doctor about your situation and explore possible treatments together.  Since your doctor is most aware of your situation and health issues, he or she will be able to offer the most expert advice based on your situation.

5.  Sleep Aids & Medication

Sleep aids and pain management medications can provide much needed relief and allow your body to get the rest it needs.  Talk to your doctor about what sleep aids and pain medications may be best for your situation.

If you’re one of the millions of Neuropathy patients struggling to sleep, start today by following these simple steps.  Though you may never sleep quite like you did before your diagnosis – regaining every bit of ground you can will make a world of difference in your overall health and wellness.

5 Easy Life Hacks For People With Nerve Damage

Life after diagnosis can be overwhelming, to say the least.  From exploring treatment options to changing destructive habits (i.e. smoking or poor diet), the list of “to-dos” can add up quickly.  As those who have been through it have discovered, the key is to take it one step at a time and focus your energy only on those things within your control.

Among those things within your control is making small changes around the house to make life with Neuropathy more manageable.  Here are five simple tips and tricks for making your home Neuropathy friendly:

1.  Clear The Clutter

Whether it’s an overflowing utensil drawer in the kitchen or an overcrowded medicine cabinet in the bathroom, extra clutter can add an extra burden to many of the simple daily tasks we have to perform.  For those experiencing numbness in the hands, digging through extra clutter can be especially cumbersome.

Removing those items you rarely, if ever, use can save you small amounts of time throughout the day.  It may not seem like much, but those extra minutes you spend searching for that spatula or daily vitamin can add up.  Removing clutter and keeping a clean living space also has a psychological benefit of reducing stress and promoting calm.

 

2.  Remove Tripwires

Okay, so your home may not be laced with actual tripwires, but there are many things in the average home that can cause those with numbness in the feet to trip and fall.  Loose rugs are one common culprit.  If the rug is a must, look for one with gripping on the bottom.  Also look for low profile rugs to decrease the likelihood of feet getting caught on a high lip or edge.

Keep the floors clear of extra clutter and stacks.  Things like laundry, magazines or toys (if you’ve still got little ones – or grandchildren) become even more of a tripping risk for those with numbness.

 

3.  Cushion Those Feet

If your nerve damage affects your feet, hard surfaces can be especially rough on you.  Keep a pair of comfortable indoor shoes to wear around the house to keep those feet protected on hard flooring.  In areas where you may do a lot of standing – such as at the kitchen sink or in front of the bathroom counter – get a soft cushioned rug to help lower the impact on your feet.  Again, remember to get a non-slip rug to help avoid an accidental slip up.

 

4.  Calm The Nerves With Aroma

Keeping the house smelling good can do more than please the nose.  Certain smells can actually help calm the nervous system and provide various other benefits.  Lavender and jasmine both have a calming effect on the nerves and can even lift your mood.  Rosemary is another scent that can help lift your mood and can even improve cognitive performance by relieving mental exhaustion and improving memory!  Do your research and find a scent that works for you.

 

5.  Create Your Own Escape

After a long day, you need a place to escape.  Create a space in your house that you designate as your escape space – where you can wind down and relax.  It might be a man cave with a comfortable recliner, mini-fridge and flat screen tv.  Or maybe you transform your bathroom into a spa-like atmosphere with soothing music, relaxing aromas (like jasmine!) and some of your favorite lotions or oils.  Where ever you choose – tailor it to your needs and use that space to relax your mind and calm your nerves after a long day.

 

What changes have you made in your home to help you?  Share your tips and tricks with us below or leave a comment on our Facebook page!

Anti-Inflammatory Kale Chip Snack

Homemade Organic Green Kale ChipsKale is rich in anti-inflammatory properties such as vitamin E, vitamin K and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  These vitamins and nutrients help regulate the body’s inflammatory process.

Kale is also a powerful antioxidant, relieving oxidative stress by fighting harmful free radicals in the body.  Additionally, it lowers cholesterol and helps detoxify the body of harmful toxins.  And the cherry on top….one cup of Kale is only 33 calories, making it a healthy snack!

Never tried Kale?  This simple Kale Chip recipe is an easy and tasty way to start incorporating it into your diet:

Ingredients:

1 bunch Kale

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp turmeric (or seasoning of your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Remove the leaves from their stems and tear into bite-sized pieces.   Wash leafs and allow to dry.

Spread leaves in a single layer across cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, being careful not to pile them up.  Drizzle olive oil over leaves and sprinkle with turmeric.

Bake for 10 mins, then rotate the sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the edges are brown (but not burnt).  Remove from oven allow to cool for 3 minutes.

Calming the Nervous System with Passionflower

passion flowerDepending on the severity of your Peripheral Neuropathy, your body and mind may be under constant stress from the pain, discomfort and uncertainty of the disease.  For those suffering from constant pain and severe discomfort, the toll can be high.

Your nervous system is under constant distress with Neuropathy.  The damage to your peripheral nerve can lead to false triggers of pain or tingling and numbness.  This over stimulation of the nervous system can not only leave you in pain but can also lead to anxiety and lack of sleep – further aggravating your health.

One popular and time-tested remedy for calming the nervous system, relieving pain, reducing anxiety and promoting sleep is Passionflower.  Taken from the above ground parts of the flower that bears its name, Passionflower has been used for centuries to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures and more.

Recent research shows passionflower helps relieve anxiety and calm the nervous system by increasing levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.  GABA, a chemical made in the brain, reduces the activity of certain brain cells and in doing so lowers anxiety levels while also enhancing mood and even promoting relief from sensations of pain.

Regardless of the cause of your anxiety, Passionflower can help restore calm to both your mind and your nervous system.  So whether you’re looking to calm your mind after a stressful work week or restore calm to an over stimulated nervous system – Passionflower may be your answer.

What herbal remedies do you use to relieve anxiety and enhance your mood?  Post a comment below or share your story with us on our Facebook Page.

 

5 Best Leafy Green Vegetables For Fighting Inflammation

SpinachThere are a variety of foods that can fight inflammation, but few are as healthy and readily available as dark, leafy green vegetables.   The rich supply of vitamin E in dark leafy greens are believed to protect against inflammatory molecules such as cytokines.  Additionally, they are rich in various other vitamins and nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties.

When incorporated into your diet correctly, they offer a number of health benefits – from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to relieving inflammation.  Lets take a look at five leafy green inflammation fighters you should incorporate into your daily diet:

Kale

Kale is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients, as well as antioxidants.  In addition to vitamin E, Kale is rich in vitamin K and Omega 3 fatty acids – both of which are powerful anti-inflammatories.

In addition to containing powerful anti-inflammatory vitamins and nutrients, kale is packed other nutritionally rich vitamins and minerals.  Combine all that nutrition with its low calories – about 33 calories per one cup of chopped Kale – and you’ve got yourself one healthy snack.

Spinach

Spinach contains over a dozen different anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.  With two different categories of phytonutrients that fight inflammation – flavonoids and carotenoids – spinach stands out against other leafy vegetables.  These natural chemicals give spinach powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.  

Broccoli

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, broccoli has the potential to help recover from vitamin D deficiency – a common deficiency in the U.S. affecting 13% of Americans.  An additional 30% of Americans are on the verge of vitamin D deficiency – whose symptoms range from increased levels of pain and soreness to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.  Broccoli is rich in vitamins K and A, both of which are necessary to help keep vitamin D metabolism in equilibrium.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  In addition to the powerful antioxidants vitamin C and manganese, cauliflower contains phytonutrients, which have a wide variety of antioxidants to fight harmful free radicals that damage and kill cells.

Cauliflowers vitamin K content makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory food.  By fighting chronic inflammation and oxidative stress – cauliflower significantly decreases our risk of cancers and chronic diseases. 

Brussel Sprouts

Like many green vegetables, brussel sprouts are a great source of fiber, which is important for lowering cholesterol.  In addition to lowering cholesterol, brussel sprouts contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties such as glucobrassicin and vitamin K.  Glucobrassicin, helps inhibit the inflammatory response in its early stages.  Vitamin K helps regulate and protect against excessive and chronic inflammation.

Dark, leafy green vegetables are a fantastic source of many of the crucial vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.  If you’re not already incorporating them into your daily diet – you should start today!  Not only will it help reduce your risk of cancer or chronic diseases, it will help provide relief from inflammation and pain.

 

 

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