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    Good ideas for better sleep
    Scott Zashin, MD posted:
    Many patients with RA have problems going to sleep, staying asleep or waking up early. All three can contribute to fatigue. If you are unable to fall asleep after 20 mintues, get up and do something rather than lying awake. Return to bed when you are sleepy.Go to bed and get up on a regular schedule, even on weekends. Don't drink alcohol before bed. While it may help you fall asleep, your sleep during the night may be light and unsettled causing you to wake up.
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    Gulchman responded:
    Thanks doc but no thanks. I have a terrible time going to sleep. If I could keep a schedule, I certainly would. I sleep whenever I can and often take a drink or two which is better than nothing. During the day I also take a nap because I can. I have no job. For those of you who have to go to work, I feel for you. I can hardly get out of bed in the morning and it takes me at least 1 hour to become active.
    charlene1966 replied to Gulchman's response:
    Yeah morning are terrible for me to and I do work. My doctor has told me not to use my bed for a t.v. room...go to bed when you're sleepy. Problem is I am tpired 98% of the time and I don't sleep through the night even with my Ambien. We are having to work 4 10 hour days for the month of July. I am really worried about how I'm going to deal with that. Got to be an answer. I sometimes come home at lunch and take a 30 minute nap. Sometimes it helps and sometimes I feel worse when I get up
    bradinmb replied to Gulchman's response:
    AMEN Gulchman!!! Its WAY to easy to say do this and do that, especially when you dont HAVE RA! I do the same thing, I have a beer or two now and then, it makes me sleep, and I can nap when I need too. It would be very hard to work and have this. Luckily I am on disability now and can sleep when I need too. And lack of sleep can contribute to!!! Who knew!! LOL! I really feel the catnaps are better! If I sleep all night it takes me hours to get moving again, cat naps and I can get rolling again much faster. If this is hurting my body, so be it. At least I can function half way normally!
    mybuddyrobin responded:
    I too am exhausted but can't sleep. I turn on BBC radio and listen to a story... kinda like having my Mom read me a bedtime story. I focus on the story and not on the pain (or heat) and allows me to relax and often sleep. Sometimes takes me a couple of hrs... but I tend to sleep deeper than just laying down in the quiet and 'hearing' my pains. I can't do sleeping pills (they make me more tired the next day than no sleep. But medical marijuana can help in extreme situations.

    Good luck my friends

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