A well-known fact we all Arthritic Warriors experience is our painful conditions which affect our sleep patterns. It also could be called Secondary Insomnia which arises as to the symptom of a warriors pre-existing condition.

  • Problem in getting to sleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Lethargic feeling on waking up

It’s a continuous list of issues one could face however I feel that if simple basic steps are taken it aids in increasing the quality of sleep and that means indulging in simple basic Self-Care techniques.

  • Take my meds
  • Have my dinner early
  • Try n keep the room dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature
  • Check that my pillows are comfortably placed and try and use soft molded pillows whenever I have neck pain etc.
  • Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  • Avoid taking any tea /coffee before sleeping

It is a common perception that pain is felt more at nights… which is true because there are no regular day time distractions hence more concentration on all areas which are immobile and tender plus the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol are naturally lower at night adding to staying still in one position might cause joints to stiffen up.

Lack of sleep reduces the pain threshold and pain tolerance of an individual.

Our mood symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and anxiety often cooccur with sleep disturbance and pain and that changes in our mood symptoms which might contribute to self-reported pain after our continued sleep disturbances.

To summarize it’s a continuous cycle in which sleep disturbance activates clinical symptoms of pain, which then contributes to further sleep loss. Hence, I feel that there has to be the potential to redirect the clinical and alternate therapies for management of pain in RA patients which can focus on sleep and the prevention and treatment of sleep disturbances!

The recognition that patients, even with similar diagnoses, are ‘not all the same’ speaks to the potential of tailoring support from healthcare providers and self-care management modalities to encourage healthy sleep, rest, and activity that align with a warrior’s habits and needs.

As a RA warrior living with rheumatoid arthritis the above comments mentioned by me, I guess should resonate strongly with other RA Warriors!!

Go all out and take care of yourself well…Nobody can take away our pain, but let us not allow arthritic pain to take away our happiness and peace of mind… let us work continuously on ourselves…



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