Getting a good night's sleep seems to be the hardest thing for an arthritis sufferer to achieve. The constant pain and fatigue that an arthritis sufferer endures makes them unable to find that sweet spot in bed so that they could just roll over and sleep like most people who do not have arthritis pain and discomfort to deal with.
However, the good news is that there are ways for arthritis sufferers to get a good night's sleep. By developing a few tricks arthritis sufferers can sleep a lot better than they have for a long time. Here are a few things to try.
1. Change a few things to get a better night's sleep. Some of the changes you may have to change are as follows:
• You may have to change when you go to bed. Most arthritis sufferers feel a lot of pain and fatigue. Therefore, getting to bed earlier is an important part of restoring your energy levels.
• You will have to actually prepare for bed both physically and psychologically before you can get to sleep. Be patient with yourself.
• Ease into sleep and do not expect quick results. Most arthritis sufferers can not simply fall sleep right away. You may want to read or do a bit of slow deep breathing.
By being open to change and taking a few simple steps, you can learn how to get a good quality of sleep by making changes to your bedtime routine. It is possible to get a good night's sleep. However, you must put a few consistent healthy procedures in place.
2. Learn how to most effectively manage your pain through the day. This is especially the case if they did not get a good night's sleep. To establish a good sleep routine, you must monitor and manage your life so that you can get a good quality of sleep. Sometimes, you will have to become a detective all day long to establish what works and what is not working with pain management, and what you have to change during the day in order for you to get more restful sleep.
An effective self-manager monitors her pain levels and determines what may be causing a bad night's sleep. By trying to monitor what causes your inability to get comfortable in bed and changing these bad habits, you can take steps to getting better quality of sleep. This will help you to experience less pain and fatigue during the day and you'll be able to break the pain cycle as well.
3. Change any habits that do not work. Some of you are aware that some of your nightly habits do not work. Yet, we keep doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. But it can never work that way. If something does not work for a few times, it probably will not work later either.
So, the trick is to change things that do not work right away so that we can spend our time and effort on trying new things that may actually work in the future to give you a better night's sleep.
Here are a few things that you can do to change a few of your bad habits:
• Brainstorm ways that you could improve some of your bad bedtime habits.
• Decide on a new sleep habit.
• Try the new habit for two weeks to see if things improve.
• Document your progress and determine if it is working to make things better for you before bed.
• If the habit makes sleeping more enjoyable and less pain-filled, keep the habit. If not, look to another habit and try it for two weeks.
For instance, say doing your flexibility exercises prior to sleep is not helping you to control your pain and discomfort. Try a new habit. Do them after dinner. Try this for two weeks to see if you feel better. If you do, keep doing the habit. If not, do your flexibility exercises at another time of day.
By taking these steps, you will be getting a good night's sleep, and you will feel more able to cope with your day. Getting a good night's sleep will also help you feel less pain and fatigue as well so that you get a good night's sleep in the future.