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Do you lie awake at night trying to coax your aching body into a comfortable position? You are not alone. Sleep disturbances have been observed in almost 80% of those diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and could be attributed to various factors like pain, stiffness and limited movement. Also, symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis may be triggered after prolonged periods of rest, which could further impact sleep.
Sleepless nights have a significant impact on your productivity during the day, so it’s essential that you get a good night’s sleep.
Try these simple tips to help you sleep better:
1. Effective medications to control pain:
Be compliant to the medication schedule prescribed by your Rheumatologist. Newer therapies called biologics are available that can help you combat symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis effectively. Lesser pain and stiffness will help you get a restful sleep.
2. Maintain the natural curvature of your spine while sleeping
Small changes in your sleeping position will help you.
Remember, you deserve a good night’s rest so that you can tackle the day better.
Sleep well, live well. Fight The Fuse.
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