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!
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. :)
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!
I gave u a heart but it wouldn't let me.... IDK!!!!lol
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.
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.
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. JR
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!
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 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!
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.
I bought a similar type mattress and it helps GREATLY!!!
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.