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How to sleep better with chronic pain

To manage trouble sleeping due to chronic pain, start by adopting healthy sleep habits. Relaxation techniques such as guided meditation and guided imagery may be helpful for falling asleep. When pain wakes you up, avoid mentally stimulating activities. Adopting a strict sleep schedule, even when awakened during the night or awakening too early, can help keep the sleep schedule intact. Long-term use of sleep medications may do more harm than good.
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