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Tips for a Better Sleep

Sleep is a crucial aspect of managing AS/AxSpa, yet many of us face sleep troubles due to pain and discomfort. Let's discuss how AS/AxSpa affects your sleep patterns and share tips and strategies that have helped you achieve a better night's rest. What works for you in managing pain-related sleep disturbances, and do you have any sleep hygiene practices or products that have made a difference? Share your experiences and insights on improving sleep quality, and let's help each other get the rest we need to thrive with AS/AxSpa.

  1. I wake up with sternum and rib pain. Along with back pain when I get out of bed. 1 ml. of methotrexate only helps a little. I am fatigued most of the day. Don’t know what to do.

    1. So very sorry to hear you are struggling through days with costochondritis as well as back pain. This disease is quite cruel. Have you been to see your care provider recently? They may have better treatment or a change to their treatment plan to help reduce this chest/rib pain. Methotrexate may not be an ideal or optimal treatment for you. Hoping you find a way to ease the horrible pain. Sending thoughts of relief your way. Rebecca (team member)

    2. Checking in and hoping you are feeling better than you were a week ago. I hope you've found some relief from the sternum and rib pain you've been experiencing. Have you tried any breathing and stretching techniques to help ease the tightness and pain? I found an article on our site that might be helpful for you. Here's the link: https://axialspondyloarthritis.net/living/costochondritis-pain-stretches. If you haven't already, it might be a good idea to visit your doctor for assistance. They can provide breathing techniques or refer you to a physiotherapist for combined breathing and stretching exercises. Wishing you the best on your healing journey. Rebecca (team member)

  2. I use a good quality heating blanket to sleep with. I relax my back in mid afternoon by lying on top of bed with a higher heat level for 45 minutes,; being aware if I am tensing my whole body.This helps me at night to sleep and reduce tension.

    1. Body awareness, breathing, and relaxation techniques are a great way to ease into a restful sleep. Thanks for the reminder. Warmly - Rebecca (team member)

  3. This is exactly how I am at times it wears you down, I leave it with God

    1. I use a meditation app called Insight Timer which has lots of free things for those who don’t want to sign up. Yoga nidra is aimed at relaxation, the only thing that takes my pain go away and helps me go to sleep.

      1. ,
        That's great to hear!
        I'm glad you have found a few things that have not only helped with sleep but pain relief and relaxation as well.
        Thanks so much for sharing.
        ~Doreen (Team Member)

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