Patients Ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis: how to sleep?
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I've had sleepless nights for the last week because my body hurts when i try to sleep. Is anyone going through the same situation ? How do you get to sleep a full night ?
Hi @nomasAS ,
Thank you for starting this discussion.
Sleep is extremely important for maintaining good health and mental well-being. It is especially vital for people with chronic conditions. However, as you say, very often patients suffer with various sleep problems due to their diseases.
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Have you already experienced trouble sleeping because of the pain caused by your AS? How did you cope? Do you have any tips for a better sleep that you could share with us?
What do you personally do to help yourself sleep better?
Thank you in advance for your answers!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
Hi, I was diagnosed with AS in 2012. For many years now, I mostly can't stay in bed for more than 6 hours at a time. But I do feel like I sleep soundly until the 6 hour mark, when my back is just too uncomfortable to remain laying down. I credit nightly Epsom salt baths, Valerian tincture (one dropperful) and Melatonin time released tablets (20mg) with allowing me deep sleep during those 6 hours. But of course 6 hours isn't enough, so I usually need an hour or two of naps throughout the day to make up for it. Napping in the sun is the best! On bad days, I feel like I could sleep all day. Generally, my recliner with a full body massage pad (Amazon) under my back feels the best...with my feet up to take the pressure off my back. Hope this helps. Interested in other suggestions, too.
I have a zero gravity chair which helps a lot. I can sleep in it if needed. I turn on either side about 3-4 times per 8+ hour sleep session.
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Tom W - Food and Coffee
I am in the severe range now at 74 yrs old. I have found thru trial and error and getting older with SA, I sleep on my back because I can hardly turn to my side now. I also take 10 mg Melatonin. I didn't know it came in 20 mg! (Thanks ladyslipper 67) What has really help with my back pain, when in bed, is a large memory foam wedge. The large end is under my knees and my legs go down to the small end. It doesn't move when I sleep but then again I am not turning over back and forth. This takes the pressure off my back. I hope this helps someone.
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