Night Time Compression
During the long-term management phase, compression is generally worn during the day and removed at night. However, for some who are managing their lymphoedema wearing compression at night, in addition to day-time compression, may be beneficial. Many people with lymphoedema experience swelling and fluctuating oedema while they sleep, even if they have the best day-time routines in place to manage their swelling1.
A study in 2016 collected the views of those managing their lymphoedema across 5 countries into the use of night-time compression. Patients reported experiencing positive effects from using compression for lymphoedema for up to 24 hours.1 Click here to read more.
If you think you may benefit from wearing compression at night-time, it is important to discuss this with your healthcare professional.
Compression at night-time may include compression bandages, wrap compression garments or a compression garment that has been specifically designed to be worn at night-time. Click here to learn more about night-time compression garments.
If you have been using night-time compression or want to ask others about their experiences, why not register for LymphConnect, log-into the forum and start chatting today!
Source: Whitaker, J C. British Journal of Community Nursing, 2016 October: 21 (Supplement 10)P:22-30