Last updated: August 2023
One of life’s great comforts is sleep, we actually need it. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep to start off a great day. It just makes your whole day and your attitude just perfect. Over the past ten years, this has been a big problem for me. I can’t remember the last time I have had a good night sleep without taking some sort of pain medication.
The great discomfort of having psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is that your sleep is always broken. I know that in my younger days I could sleep for hours if I was having a bad day. Sleep used to be my best friend, but once I developed psoriatic arthritis all that changed.
Sleep is crucial for my health
I didn’t realize until years later how important having a good bed was to my health and my well-being. I was having so many sleepless nights and couldn’t figure out why; always tossing and turning all night long. I realize that having psoriatic arthritis is a serious issue.
A good bed is key when you have this disease. It is so important that your bed is comfortable to you. I need a good one for those sore joints that are always in pain and I need the best support for my body.
It’s not only the bed that is important but the linen and covers are just as important. There are some materials out there that make me scratch and itch all night long. My skin has actually swelled up from some materials that I have put on my bed. I find that cotton works best for me.
I have spent nights at friends and relative houses and have been miserable the next morning. The bed is either too hard or too soft with springs sticking in my sides. Sometimes I believe that sleeping on the floor would have been better alternative.
I remember once scratching all night from a camel hair blanket at a friend’s house. I was having a horrible flare, just cracking and bleeding everywhere. When I woke up the next morning the sheets were all bloody and flakes all over the place. It was such an embarrassing moment.
Pamper yourself when needed
It’s bad enough that you already have problems sleeping and now the linen is making you itch too. It is imperative that we get our proper rest. I had to invest in a nice bed which has been a godsend after so many years of being uncomfortable. I didn’t know I would have to take out a loan to afford the bed that was best for me. It has made a tremendous difference to my painful joints. You already have enough to deal with having this disease, having a comfortable bed should not be one of them.
Having a good bed is what the doctor ordered. You can’t beat it. I have found that a good bed and cotton sheets makes a big difference in how my psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis feels. It’s bad enough that you’re already in pain and you know you’re not going to sleep all night, but at least you have a comfortable place to lay your head.
How we sleep and what we sleep on is not to be taken lightly. I’ve given myself permission as a psoriatic arthritis patient to sleep the best way I can. Don’t wake me, because my body needs the rest.
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