Sleepless nights

Shugar Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis

Trying really hard to get back to normalise wake-up time, after restless and sleepless nights, because of RA/Osteop.


  • yaz239
    yaz239 Moderator Posts: 50

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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,022

    Nothing harder to cope with than pain in the day when you have had little or no sleep @Shugar

    You have my sympathy.

    I struggle sometimes, but a lucky that my anti-inflam medication is a 24 hour one so not so much break-through pain. I sleep with two strategically placed pillows for comfort and support too.

    In the past I've taken amitriptyline which certainly knocked me out too!!

    Wishing you all the best

    Toni x

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 391

    Hi @Shugar

    I've not gone a week without at least one sleepless night all year. It's usually 3 or 4. If it's not pain waking me up it's stiffness telling me I need to move. Currently having at least two nights every week with only an hour or two at most. It's exhausting and I'm lucky I'm now retired.

    After tossing and turning and the husband 'huffing and sighing' I end up coming downstairs.

    I put my headphones and walkman on with Classic FM and make some hot chocolate and take additional painkillers. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. If it's just stiffness I walk around and do stuff quietly and invariably end up trying to get comfortable on the sofa or the floor.

    Sometimes I get back to sleep and sometimes I don't. I try very hard not to sleep during the day after a sleepless night but sometimes I can't help but fall asleep.

    I have a history of sleepless nights when I've been in pain and when I was caring fo r my late mum so I'm quite used to it now.

    I have found a lavender sleep spray that you either spray in your bedroom or on pillows does help. Mine comes from Boots but other shops and brands are available.

    All of a sudden you'll realise that you've slept for a week, and then another week. There aren't any magic cures unless you take sleeping pills and well I'm on enough pills puffers patches and potions so try to work through it.

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx