There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. Had one lately?

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity November 19, 2016 at 10:47 am Views 2,933 Replies 2

Dr Gary

I am hearing a lot about the importance of getting adequate sleep recently. I read a lot of posts from other members right here about their challenges in getting a good night’s sleep.

I think this is due to a couple of reasons. First, people are getting more serious about maintaining their wellness, and sleep is an important component in being healthy. Second, we live in stressful times, and stress has a negative impact on sleep.

But I also think that living with a chronic condition can affect sleep, with causes that are both physical and emotional. While getting enough rest is that much more important.

Full disclosure: If sleep were an Olympic event, I would definitely not qualify for anybody’s team. I have always envied people who seem to be able to drop off to sleep at will. That’s not me. So when my clients talk about sleep problems, I can definitely relate. I can also share what’s worked for me.

I wrote an article awhile back about getting enough sleep. Here is a link:

So what about you? Are you getting enough sleep? If so, what do you do to help yourself sleep? Any ideas to share?

Not getting enough sleep? Let us know what gets in the way for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  • KYEarthmama
    KYEarthmama April 27, 2017 at 9:09 am   

    Jules, I'm new here too. I read Dr. Gary's response and he really didn't address your loss of sleep due to pain. His article focused on anxiety/worry. I'm a pretty laid-back person but I have RA/Psoriatic Arthritis and I know what you mean about the pain level being so intense that it's difficult to get sleep, let alone restful sleep. My pain is worse lying down and I've tried so many suggestions made by folks, such as lots of soft pillows, sound machines, melatonin, warm lavender-infused bath, reading, foam pads on top of my mattress, etc. Nothing works. I usually fall asleep from being worn out fighting the pain! I have learned to not sweat getting things done or volunteering too much, just so I don't completely wear myself out in a typical day. I don't lift anything over 10 pounds anymore to keep stress off my joints, I get monthly infusions of a biologic and take leflunimide to combat the disease. I rest during the day when needed but as you well know, the pain is still there no matter what! I wish I had an answer for you, me and everyone else who has pain from disease. I do try not to succumb to it, esp in the daytime but I know each night that I try to sit with my hubby and watch TV or read a book or lie down on the bed, my pain will be with me. Sending you warm hugs.

  • goofeejules
    goofeejules April 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm   

    I'm brand new here tonight, but this is a very relevant issue for me. The crazy spring weather systems coming thru Wisconsin the last 4 or 5 weeks, have just increased my pain my 1000s. I can't sleep at night due to my pain levels. I told my dr the other day, that if I had an ax on the side of my bed, I would literally have chopped off my hands, or my feet or my knees as the pain in those areas would not allow me to rest. My anxiety rises due to the pain, and frustration of not being able to sleep which in turn raises my blood pressure. I am in the process of searching out a new rheumatologist as even with my complaints last week to my Dr, all she said in return is, "You're not the only one, I've been hearing a lot of that the last few weeks. See you in 2 months." It's just extremely frustrating and I know it does not help my pain levels to be low on essential sleep. Lately I am lucky if I sleep 1 to 3 hours a night.