Managing pain at night
If you’re experiencing pain at night, it could be caused by a variety of different conditions. Some night-time pain is normal – you’ve been lying on one side for too long, or perhaps you curled into an awkward position – but some pain at night can be a symptom of something else.
The following reasons could explain why you experience pain at nighttime:
- Generalised joint and muscle pain – this can be made worse by spending long periods in bed, as your muscles and joints can stiffen up and cause even more pain.1
- Chronic pain – this may be made worse by lying in bed for long periods of time, for example when you are sleeping.2
- Toothache – can be worse at night, particularly when you are lying down. A lost filling or broken tooth can sometimes start the pain.3
- Headache – as the tension of the day subsides, your levels of stress hormones drop, which causes a rapid release of neurotransmitters (the brain's chemical messengers). These send out impulses to blood vessels to constrict and then dilate, which can cause a headache.4
- Period Pain – can also be worse at night. This happens when the muscular wall of the womb tightens (contracts) and can last for 48 to 72 hours.5
Easing pain at night
There are many different ways you can approach your night-time pain and lessen its effect on your life. Depending on the pain you are experiencing, it may be necessary for you to see a GP to get a professional diagnosis and help for your night-time pain. However, in addition you can start gentle exercise, seek counselling for pain management, or learn basic relaxation techniques.6
Depending on your type of pain, consider using Panadol NightPain, as it provides effective relief of night time pain caused by headaches, migraines, backache, muscle pains, period pains and toothache. These symptoms can ease over time, but you can reduce their impact on your rest by choosing Panadol NightPain to help you beat pain so you can sleep soundly. You should see your GP if your night-time pain symptoms persist for more than 7 days or if you get very specific pain such as hip pain at night or pain in legs at night.
Panadol contains paracetamol. For pain relief. Always read the label.
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1. Joint and Muscle Pain, UCLH NHS. https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/MSK/Pages/Jointandmusclepain.aspx; Accessed 04/03/2020.
2. Ways To Manage Chronic Pain, NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/ways-to-manage-chronic-pain/; Accessed 04/03/2020.
3. Toothache. About Toothache, NHS. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mouth/toothache; Accessed 20/10/2020.
4. 10 Headache Triggers, NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/headaches/10-headache-triggers/; Accessed 20/10/2020.
5. Period Pain, NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/period-pain/; Accessed 20/10/2020.
6. 10 Ways To Reduce Pain, NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/10-ways-to-ease-pain/; Accessed 04/03/2020.