Sleep & RA - How to get a good night's rest?

Sleep and RA

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!

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.
poll graphic

Community Poll

Do you find the pain scale is an effective tool?