Getting Sleep With Fibroids
If you have symptoms of uterine fibroids, you know that sleep and fibroids don’t always go hand-in-hand. Many women with fibroids can’t sleep because of excessive bleeding or abdominal discomfort. We want you to know you don’t have to go through these symptoms alone. Read on to learn more about how to sleep with fibroids using temporary solutions as well as how you can alleviate your symptoms for good.
1. Try Home Remedies
Several home remedies can help temporarily ease painful fibroid symptoms for women who can’t sleep. If your fibroid pain is keeping you up at night, you can:
- Use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. These drugs are especially helpful for managing menstrual pain.
- Apply a warm compress or heating pad.
- Gently massage your abdomen or lower back.
- Take a warm bath for 15-20 minutes.
- Meditation and stretching that focuses on your abdominal muscles.
2. Take Vitamin Supplements
Some recent studies show that vitamin D plays a small role in fibroids growth. Women with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop fibroids, while those with enough of the vitamin have a lower risk and more controlled symptoms. You can also take iron supplements to help prevent anemia from heavy bleeding. However, talk to your doctor before taking any vitamins. They can guide you toward the best supplements and tell you which to stay away from to avoid worsening your symptoms. Stay away from “herbal remedies” that promise to cure your fibroids, these are marketing ploys that can actually do more harm than good.
3. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Research suggests that a healthy diet filled with vegetables and fruits can lower the risk of fibroids and help manage fibroid symptoms. Eat plenty of organic fruits and veggies, as well as whole grains and lean meats, throughout the day for a better night’s sleep. Spinach, lentils, cashews, and broccoli can help increase iron levels and help prevent anemia.
4. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
Regularly drinking alcohol or caffeine can contribute to fibroid pain because these are inflammatory. Limit your intake — especially before bedtime — to improve your sleep with fibroids. Similarly, try to avoid sugary foods and red meats, which are also linked to a higher risk of fibroids and worse symptoms.
5. Exercise Regularly
Exercise works wonders for managing period pain, and it’s equally effective at alleviating pain from fibroids. About seven hours of physical activity per week can lower your chances of fibroid growth. Exercise can also reduce your blood pressure, which is another factor leading to reduced fibroid symptoms. Working out regularly also boots endorphins, which are nature’s “pain medication”. Stretches that include both abdominal and lower back muscles can help temporarily reduce discomfort as well.
6. Reduce Stress
Feeling stressed as a result of fibroid pain and the resulting lack of sleep is completely natural. However, studies suggest that fibroid growth and stress could be intertwined. To manage your symptoms, try to fit in a relaxing activity like yoga before bed. Learning to meditate can also be a good habit if you want to reduce stress. Reducing screen time on social media and TV can also help with stress levels.
Find a Lasting Solution for Your Fibroid Pain
While each of these tips can help you improve your sleep with fibroids, they’re only temporary solutions and won’t get rid of the source of your pain or discomfort. If you’re looking for freedom from fibroid pain, USA Fibroid Centers offers a better option. We specialize in a non-surgical, outpatient procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). With just a small incision in your groin or wrist, our fibroid specialists can block off blood flow to your fibroids, causing them to shrink. This procedure uses your body’s natural pathways, your arteries, to treat the fibroids; therefore, no surgery or general anesthesia is required. Unlike surgical procedures, UFE allows patients to return to the comfort of their home the same day.
Our doctors will sit down with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your individual needs, so you can live a healthier, happier life.
We’d love to talk with you to help you discover if UFE is right for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation with a professional at USA Fibroid Centers.