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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 angie, Community Member, asks

Q: Too sleepy

Does anyone else sleep alot????? I am good for the first half of the day as far as staying awake, but afternoon I get so tired and sleepy I will fall asleep sitting in a chair. How crazy is that?? My RA has been flared this week so I've slept more anyways but this napping thing is everyday! 

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V, Health Guide
10/ 4/12 1:25pm

In my personal experience, Angie, naps are essential, even when I'm not flaring. This is the typical fatigue of RA, I would think.  When I was working, it was really awful.  I was so, so tired and just wanted to lay down.  On the way home from work, I would fight falling asleep while driving.  Not good.  Now that I am home I take a nap every afternoon, and sometimes I take a nap in the morning, too.  As Lene says, listen to your body, sweetie.

 

Hugs,

V

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Carrie Beth Brown, Health Guide
10/10/12 3:39pm

I definitely started needing more and more sleep after being diagnosed with RA. The more active, the RA, the more sleep I need. I find sleep is the only thing that can help my body recover and feel better. When I'm flaring, I've been known to sleep 16-20 hours. On regular days, I still sleep about 12 hours. It's just part of living with autoimmune disease, it's a very exhausting process and our bodies need all the help they can get adjusting to being sick all the time. You are definitely not alone. :)

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angie, Community Member
10/11/12 7:14pm

Thank God, I thought I was alone. With all the comments, I feel much better. Oh and its nice to have you as one of our Health Guides! congrats!

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angie, Community Member
10/11/12 7:17pm

I gave u a heart but it wouldn't let me.... IDK!!!!lol

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Carrie Beth Brown, Health Guide
10/11/12 7:20pm
Well thanks for trying to give me the heart! LOL And thanks for the welcome! :) It's nice to meet you as well! Reply
Poppy, Community Member
10/11/12 7:56pm

I can fall asleep anytime I sit down!!!  When I get home from work I usually take a short nap after dinner has been served and everyone has started homework, etc.  I am a teacher and I have laid down behind my desk and set my alarm clock for a quick nap when it gets really bad Smile  My problem is that when bedtime comes I can't sleep well b/c of the pain from being still for too long.  The stiffness and pressure on sore joints is worse than just continuing to move.  So for me, I am stuck between needing the rest and having it hurt too much to sleep.  I would celebrate the fact that sleep can come easily and not cause more pain! Wink

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V, Health Guide
10/12/12 1:11am

Hi, Poppy,

 

I have heard other teachers say the same thing.  They are so exhausted when they come home from being on their feet all day.  You know, I have issues sleeping because of pain, too, so I am considering buying a Tempurpedic mattress. I have a friend who has bad hip pain, and she told me that Tempurpedic is the only brand of mattress she has tried that doesn't hurt her hips.  Just a thought.

 

Blessings,

V

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angie, Community Member
10/12/12 7:53am

I bought a similar type mattress and it helps GREATLY!!!

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Poppy, Community Member
10/12/12 9:03am

Thank you, that is good to know.  I bought a four inch memory foam topper to see if it would help and it is some better, but I can see where a full mattress would be even better :)  They gave me sleeping pills for night, but I don't like how groggy I am when I wake up and then I sleep so hard I'm REALLY stiff!  I will look into the mattresses too.

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kcuts, Community Member
10/12/12 9:51am

We purchased a Temperpedic about 8 years ago....love it!! 

I am not sleepy but more tired all the time, during a flare I am normally pretty much useless, can't sleep can't function just trying to control the pain takes an effort. 

I would certainly say if your body is telling you to sleep..you should!

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Janet, Community Member
10/12/12 8:14pm

Hi Angie, 

 

Wow I thought it was just me!  I also have RA and it's under control with Ornecia.  But no matter how much sleep I get at night I'm always tired after lunch if I sit down I will also fall asleep.  It a real bummer I can't even go see a movie in the afternoon since I'd be paying for taking a nap. Yell  JR

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zumba senior, Community Member
10/18/12 11:10am

Hi Angie.  I'm so glad that you asked this question.  The afternoons are bad for me too.  Most days I have to ly down in the PM because I just ache so badly and feel so fatigued.  Fortunately I'm retired so I have the luxury to do that.  I still feel that I'm sleeping half my life away! It seems that we just need to listen to our bodies.  It certainly is a challenge though.  Take care of yourself.Smile

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By angie, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/18/12, First Published: 10/03/12