5 Tips to Naturally Catch Some ZZZ’s as a Prosthetic Device User

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Get better sleep naturally starting tonight!

Get better sleep naturally starting tonight!

 

People struggle to get enough sleep each night for many different reasons. While a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle, so is getting enough sleep each night. Sleeping 7-9 hours a night can improve mood, focus, and restore energy.

More than 1.6 million Americans have some type of limb loss and many of these folks struggle to get a good night’s sleep each night. In today’s blog, Premier Prosthetics is bringing you tips on getting a better night sleep as a prosthetic device user.

  1. Take your daily shower at night rather than in the morning. Do not take a hot shower in the morning because the water can cause the limb to swell, and prevent the prosthetic from fitting correctly.
  1. If you are able, consider removing your prosthetic device before bed. Examine it for any cracks or potential problems as well as examine your skin for any irritation.
  1. Before letting your leg hang down from bed in the morning, which may cause swelling, put the prosthetic on first so it fits properly. As time goes on this will be less necessary.
  2. An above knee amputee should also never sleep with a pillow between their legs. This may cause the inner thigh muscle to lengthen and the outer thigh muscles to shorten, changing the way the limb lays when standing.
  1. Clean your residual limb before bed and then consider using a lotion that is approved by your practitioner to massage the area. What’s better than a good massage to help you relax?!

Getting a good night’s rest can help you feel better each day so you can continue to improve your outcome as a prosthetic device user. Contact Premier Prosthetics for any questions you have and for all of your prosthetic device needs.

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