Designed to UK Physiotherapy Specifications - Free and Fast Shipping Available - 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Not Shipping on Bank Holidays

0

Your Cart is Empty

February 19, 2018 2 min read

Why do I feel more Pain at Night?

Knee pain is so common that it is experienced in different ways by each person. This article is looking at why night time might be worse for your knees or why they seem to hurt more when you are trying to get some precious sleep. 


"My knees feel ok during the day, better when I'm moving around, yet when I come to rest them  I feel even worse and the pain stops me sleeping!"


Some conditions such as patella tendonitis,arthritis and cartilage tears are affected by inflammation, which is typically worse first thing in the morning and last thing at night. There are also pain patterns where people are pain-free during the day and only get their pain at night. It is likely that pain is better with movement and being on the go during the day and they try to lure still overnight allows the joint or muscle to progressively stiffen as the night goes on. It's logical then to expect the body to create enough discomfort to wake us up and make us move around. Still problematic when we want to be able to sleep through the night!


What can help knee pain at night?

We recommend not spending more than 20 mins in this battle of body and mind. If you're​ feeling sore and can't sleep it may be a case of rolling over and getting comfy but after 20 mins of wakefulness get up and go do something else. Something boring. We don't recommend turning all the lights on or having any caffeinated drinks. But grab a boring book, stay the ironing with some low lighting on or start another equally boring task, even do your Physio exercises!  As soon as you start to feel sleepy head back to bed. It's important not to make the unconscious link in the bed between the bedroom and wakefulness. The bedroom should be a place of rest, relaxation, sex and sleep. And that is all. No work, no TV, no exercise. Your subconscious brain can easily form these associations and the last thing you want when you're recovering from pain is to put your head to the pillow and become wide awake.


Knee Position can also be important. Having a cushion or pillow between your knees to stop them resting on each other can make them less sensitive. 

If you usually go to sleep on your back, rolling up a small towel or pillow and placing underneath your knee can make it more comfortable too. 


Buy a Knee Support


The Essential Wellness Knee Support is designed to take some of the strain off the ligaments and tendons within the knee during the day time. This can have a knock-on effect of experiencing less pain at night. However, we wouldn't recommend sleeping in a knee support, so the circulation around the knee is not restricted. A variety of common knee conditions can benefit from wearing a knee support during the day, such as arthritis, tendonitis and cartilage tears.

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Essential Wellness

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and how to manage it-Essential Wellness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and how to manage it

October 07, 2020 3 min read

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the nerves in the hand. In this condition, the median nerve is squeezed as it passes through the wrist. When the nerve is squeezed it can cause pain, aching, numbness, tingling and loss of grip strength.
Read More
How to fit a Knee Support for wider legs-Essential Wellness
How to fit a Knee Support for wider legs

June 22, 2020 3 min read

Knee Supports are a great way to improve stability and strength in your knee, but what about wider legs? Knee supports are made for all shapes and sizes but may take longer for fitting on wider legs. Not to worry, here is our guide on how to fit knee supports for wider legs, and some of the benefits it will bring.

Read More
What are the benefits of using an Ankle Support?-Essential Wellness
What are the benefits of using an Ankle Support?

June 15, 2020 3 min read

As we use them every single day, our ankles can get worn out over time. There are many ways to overcome this, some tend to go for treatment whilst others use different methods. One way to recover is from using an Ankle Support, which is a great way to recover from injuries, provide support and to improve stamina and stability. 

Read More