Are you a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient that experiences sleep issues? If so, here’s some tips for you! Many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients toss and turn at night and experience a lack of sleep due to painful stiff joints and inflammation. It is important that you get enough sleep so your symptoms don’t worsen. In this week’s blog we will discuss some ways that can guide you to getting a better night’s rest!
Take Pressure Off
Our first tip is to take any pressure off of you. Sleeping with heavy blankets can put pressure on your painful joints and make inflammation worse. If you need covers over you try using a very light sheet or if you would like heavier blankets, try propping them up with posts so their weight isn’t directly on you. This way there is nothing touching your affected joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have also found that aromatherapy helps them sleep. If you have the scent of lavender in the room you sleep in it is known to help you relax. You could either use a mist spray or essential oils can be the solution as well. Drinking a cup of warm almond or soy milk before bed can also help you fall asleep.
Coping with Depression
Many patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis are more prone to depression, which also causes people to not sleep well. It is important that you manage this and set aside time during the day to deal with your worries rather than letting them make you be awake all night. Some ideas for this is write down all your worries on one side of a piece of paper and how you will cope with them on another side. Writing your worries down and a solution for them often takes a big weight off your shoulder.
Another tip is to develop a regular routine. Therefore, going to sleep, eating, working out and going to bed the same time every day will help your body sleep at night. Engaging in physical activity everyday will help your body be ready for bed when it is bed time. It is important to not sleep in if you are experiencing sleep problems because that will ruin your sleep schedule for the upcoming nights.
If you are in a lot of pain before going to bed, whatever type of pain medication you use might do the trick. It is important that you don’t take pain medication to sleep every night, otherwise you may start to rely on it and not be able to sleep without taking it.