Just wondering if interrupted sleep or just not getting enough sleep is
a common part of having RA.
I take psych meds for depression, but my doctor prescribed Seroquel just for sleep problems. It really works for me with no morning grogginess. I usually am able to get 6 or 7 hours a night.
My insomnia was getting unbearable. Last year I was perscribed a new drug called Dayvigo. Like most members of the walking wounded, I checked for negative interaction with my many other drugs. It is not a sedative.
The Arthritis Foundation did a helpful webinar called “Sleep Better, Feel Better”, outlining several reasons why we don’t sleep plus potential solutions.
I was always a terrible sleeper. A few years back, I began taking Zopiclone and when I was diagnosed with RA a year ago, my Rheumatologist said it was okay to take it with my RA meds...It helps me sleep at least 4-5 hours no grogginess...when my pain was at its peak, it was harder to sleep of course...I only take 2.5 mg/ night...
Yes, the inflammation of RA impacts my whole body. Similar to Restless legs syndrome but even arms and shoulders. The pain causes me to be restless, tossing and turning, waking up frequently. Pulmonologist deals with sleep issues. Tried Ropinirole to no avail. Increasing the dosage left me groggy for hours the next day. Small dose of Percocet helps and is used when Ropinirole doesn’t work.
A warm bath or a hot shower before bed helps. More exercise during the day also helps but can be hard with RA.
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