I have RA and use Simponi and Methotrexate. Over recent years I have developed trouble sleeping. I used to be able to sleep incredibly well, but the last few years I have found that I wake up several times a night and anxiety will keep me awake.
Weighted blanket for anxiety and sleep
I'm now having treatment for anxiety
, so therapy and Lexapro. This seems to be helping greatly, but my sleeping habits
haven't improved. Additionally, I have noticed a difference in that the manner in which I now physically sleep. I used to always keep my room rather cold, only need a light weight quilt, and windows open and fans on even in winter (where I live doesn't get terribly cold – near Sydney). Now I need more covers, and tend to burrow under them, and have to keep my head covered if possible. This is a contrast to past years when I literally couldn't bear to have my face covered, and was able to sleep without any covers in the warmer weather.
Is a weighted blanket worth it?
Has anyone tried a weighted blanket for sleep
? I have read that some people find them effective and comforting. However, I don't want to throw any more money away on something that I will ultimately find useless and will just become more clutter. I wondered if the weight would actually exacerbate the creakiness of RA or if the overall effect is soothing. I know it's not the same thing, but I remember how my brother couldn't bear to have anything touching his leg when he had a flareup of gout
. Anyone have any experience? Thanks.