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Suggestions For Insomnia

Suggestions For Insomnia

Since I have been diagnosed with RA, I have had lots of fatigue during the day and insomnia at night. It is like my brain gets wired up at bedtime and I can't sleep. I am taking melatonin, turning down lights, and even sipping decaf tea. I have even resorted to Benadryl on top of melatonin, and still can't sleep. Anyone have any natural ideas or
changes to my routine that might help? Is this normal for someone with RA?

A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member, thank you.i really appreciate prayers, and I will pray for you as well. I was diagnosed a month ago, at the beginning of summer break. This is a new world for me.

I love your idea of using the insomnia time as bible study time. I have also discovered a lot of great music on my phone as I have laid in bed trying to sleep. Amazon prime music has been my night time bff. Lol.

By the way, I added you to my team.

posted almost 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Hey Jennifer,
I have the same problem with my RA. The only thing I have noticed is that ice tea will keep me up all night long. Because I am retired, there is no pressure to go to bed or get up at a slotted time except when something important comes. I just go with the flow. In fact, I sleep alot b/c of the fatigue of RA SO I try to not let it upset me when I get up at 1am. Actually sometimes I use this quiet time in reading my Bible. In other words, just sleep whatever hours you want. Lol it better than stressing. 😜

posted almost 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

For me insomnia was just another aspect of RA. I've always had it so I guess I'm use to the tricks of getting sleep when I can. I take an anti anxiety med., melatonin,and a Benadryl at bedtime. Before bed I have a cup of herb tea, do a little yoga to help relax, and every night I write in my journal. First I count my blessings, then how good my day was, chart my pain,and let go of this day. So I have a fresh start tomorrow. Of course if I wake up during the night, if from pain I take a pain pill, if for a bathroom trip I go and then get back into bed, I don't turn on lights I have night lights so I don't bump into things. If I can't get back to sleep I go out to the couch, do some deep breathing and try to meditate. If that happens I wake up on the couch.i guess that you just have to try out anything that can help you sleep. One word of caution, be careful of prescribed sleeping aids. They can really effect you badly. I found out the hard way. It can mess you up. Research it first!

posted almost 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Your quite welcome Jennifer,

I have actually enjoyed the Lord waking me up to spend quiet time with Him.

On May 31st of this year I re-retired. Lol. But I do understand having to get up at 5am and not getting any sleep. Doesn't make for a wonderful day in the neighbor for sure. And then b/c of thr RA I was exhausted by 6am. So me and the chickens went on to bed but it resulted in me waking up at 3am to go to work. Ugh. But I got thru it with more wrinkles than ever but hey.....

Now I baste in sleeping when I want to but I hv noticed the days are getting shorter and shorter....and this is still summer. Hmmm

Best of luck with your job. And hey when I wake up at 1am I'll pray you'll be in a sound sleep 😴 How is that......

posted almost 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I recommend practicing meditation. Over time you learn how to shut out thoughts that are keeping you awake - and just focus on the present moment.

posted almost 5 years ago
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