Sleep & RA - How to get a good night's rest?
Many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis find it difficult to get a good night’s rest. RA is associated with symptoms including daytime sleepiness, fatigue, pain, and depression - all of which may affect the ability to sleep well at night. In fact, it is estimated that sleep problems affect 54% to 70% of adults with RA. In addition to discomfort associated with joint pain, individuals with RA are at increased risk for primary sleep disorders including restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and periodic leg movements of sleep.
RA and sleep
We recently asked our Facebook community if they had tips for getting comfortable - and staying comfortable - while sleeping. Here are some of the most common recommendations:
- Using Tempurpedic mattress and pillows
- Sleep-Number Beds
- Memory Foam Pillows
- Sleeping with a pillow between my knees/legs
- Using a rolled up towel to keep my head elevated
- Contour Pillow
- Heating Pads
- Sleeping in a recliner
- Sleeping on an incline
- Seeing a chiropractor
- Using ice to soothe pain
- Taking a hot bath
Working on general sleep hygiene is one way to improve the quality of sleep you get each night. Have you found ways to improve your sleep? Please share in the comments!
Do you find the pain scale is an effective tool?