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Is rheumatoid arthritis keeping you awake at night? You are not alone. In fact, more than 75% of sufferers report not being able to get enough rest—and women are more likely to have trouble than men.

Inflammation can flare up in the middle of the night, causing swelling and stiffness, making bedtime miserable for those with RA. Here are a few tips that can help you get a restful night’s sleep:

Check your mattress

Is your mattress too hard? You don’t have to replace it. Put a 2-inch memory foam cushion on top on it instead and that should take care of the sore hips and shoulders.

Is your bedroom dark enough?

Lights can hamper your body’s secretion of melatonin – the hormone that helps you fall asleep and keeps you that way. Go for dark curtains and black-out shades to cut out the light, and use your bedroom only as a sanctuary for sleep.

Choose comfortable bed sheets

Egyptian cotton sheets may be the most luxurious for bedrooms, but they’re not a good choice if you have rheumatoid arthritis. This is because of their tight weave. Go for knit bed sheets instead as they can stretch with you.

Free your feet

If you have sensitive feet that can’t tolerate the touch of a blanket, try installing an adjustable blanket support bar that raises the covers off your feet, yet allows the blanket to drape over the rest of your body.

Do away with that pain in the neck

If you’re waking up in the middle of the night with a stiff neck, you may have to check your pillow. A water-based pillow can be a good investment, as according to a study conducted at John Hopkins University, it was found that people with neck pain fell asleep faster and woke up fewer times during the night when they used a pillow filled with water.

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