How Do Varicose Veins Impact Sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging. Between limiting blue light emitting from your devices, turning down an evening caffeinated drink, and trying to quiet your mind, you may be taking several measures to help you fall asleep at night.

Still, the actual cause of your insomnia could be pain or other symptoms of your varicose veins, such as itching, muscle cramps, or swelling. In this article, we’ll explore various forms of varicose vein pain relief so that you can get the rest you need.

How Varicose Veins Impact Sleep

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are too weak or damaged to pump blood properly. For many people, varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, as they can look blue or purple and twisted. Sometimes, though, they can cause pain. If you stand on your feet for long periods during the day, you may especially feel pain as you’re lying down to sleep. 

Why do varicose veins hurt more at night? Over the course of your day, pressure can build in your veins, but you’ve unaware of it as you go through your routine. When sleeping with varicose veins, you have fewer distractions, and you’re more aware of the pressure. 

What can make this even more frustrating is if you have restless leg syndrome (RLS), which has similar symptoms. With RLS, your legs may feel itchy and twitch, which may give you the urge to move your legs to stop the uncomfortable sensations. That urge to move can make it a challenge to get a good night’s sleep. 

How to Sleep With Varicose Veins

Fortunately, there is varicose vein pain relief available to you, and a few lifestyle changes, including some ideal varicose vein sleeping positions, may help you find some relief (and sleep) tonight.

  • Start sleeping on your side: Sleeping on your side, ideally your left side, will support better blood flow and aid your heart in pumping more efficiently. Side sleeping also reduces swelling, as lymph fluid can flow more easily through the lymphatic system, strengthening your immune system.
  • Sleep with your legs raised: Because varicose veins occur when blood cannot properly flow back up to the heart, raising your legs while you sleep will improve blood flow. Elevated legs will also encourage your lymph fluid to flow, reducing swelling.
  • Get hydrated: Drinking more water throughout the day also positively impacts blood and lymph fluid flow. Additionally, you can promote hydration by lowering your intake of alcohol and salt.
  • Use compression stockings: Wearing compression stockings during the day, especially if you’re on your feet for long periods, can improve blood flow and reduce nighttime varicose vein pain.
  • Stretch: Another great way to improve blood flow is to exercise or stretch your legs throughout the day. 

Get Support for Your Varicose Veins Today

You may find that you need medical treatment for your varicose veins, and Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center wants to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you sleep better.

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 Ocoee, FL 34761

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 Kissimmee, FL 34741

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