Sleep. That is the time when you shed all your pains, tension, fatigue everything, and get filled with relaxation, relief from work, happy thoughts and sweet dreams. But if you are suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, then sleep becomes a total nightmare for you.
It is just stiffness, pain and hardship all the way. All the time you keep praying, so that you may fall asleep and get rid of the merciless pain this condition has brought along with it. Experts say that if you stop moving while sleeping, then it could even worsen the situation.
In the morning, the pain and stiffness are even more unbearable, but as the day keeps flowing, we too move and stretching brings our body back to the ideal condition. But, even after being lesser painful, the night is tougher to survive.
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, before coming down to a conclusion, just give it a thought. If we can withstand the pain in the day time, then why can’t we live with it at night. For the record, it is possible.
All we need to do is, make a few adjustments and apply a few tricks before going to have a good night sleep. Now the question will be, what all skills we can use? If you want to know about those trades, then here we go
7 Steps to get better Sleep With Ankylosing Spondylitis
1. Go to bed on time
If you are suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, then you should always go to sleep at the same time, every day (even on weekends). Experts say that it’s good for sleep hygiene. If you want to go for a bath or go for a stretching exercise, it is fine. But, sleeping away every day at the same time is an excellent habit.
2. Give yourself some time
As a patient of AS, sleeping is never an easy thing to do. That is why lie down and give yourself some time. Read a good book or listen to some good music. Don’t watch TV or do any strenuous work. Relax. You’ll fall asleep very soon.
3. Do Prone lying
Before you go to bed, if it is becoming an issue for you, do a little prone lying. For it, lie down on your stomach on a hard surface. Believe me; soon you will fall asleep.
4. Avoid eating and drinking before going to sleep
Experts say it is tougher to sleep with a filled belly and a full bladder, as it will surely wake you up in the middle of the night. Instead, please consider eating your food about an hour before you go to sleep. Avoid taking caffeine or alcohol, which can disturb your sleep at night.
5. Make your bedroom silent and dark
Making your room silent and dark at night will always facilitate a good sleep. Moreover, always keep a check that your room is quite warm because cold weather worsens pain.
6. Mattress- Not hard, but firm
A firm mattress is an essential element when you go under the covers. A hard surface or a pillow could leave you with a painful experience. Try using a folded towel instead. It’ll surely work. If you have a habit of sleeping curled on a side, then you might have a bad time early in the morning. To avoid such conditions, try prone lying for a while to have a real good morning.
7. What if you wake up at night?
Suddenly at night, if you wake up with a stiff, painful back, and you are not able to go back to sleep. Sir/ Ma’am, just get up and have a walk. Move around. Go to another room. Try stretching your back a bit. Listen to some music. Read some good stuff. Your eyes will automatically go heavy within 10 minutes or so. Try.
A good night sleep is almost synonymous to a fairy tale for a person who is suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. If you too are going through the same condition, try making these changes in your daily routine. You may find some relief for sure.
Well, that’s all for today. I hope this article was of some help for you. Stay tuned for more articles on related issues. For now, I bid you a goodbye and may you have a good night sleep. Sayonara!! Cheers!!