Members of the Bezzy MS community share their favorite sleep hacks for a better night’s rest.
65 to 80% of people with MS report fatigue as one of their main symptoms. While a lack of rest does not always cause fatigue, sleeping better can help fight MS-related fatigue and boost your overall health.
If you have consistent sleepless nights, talk with your doctor. Treating MS symptoms that can cause difficulty sleeping — like restless leg syndrome, bladder dysfunction, and a vitamin D deficiency –— can help you rest easier.
Members of the Bezzy MS community understand how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep. Here are their favorite tips and tricks to fall asleep and stay asleep.
“I just decided to deal with my sleep issues as they come. I go to sleep when I’m sleepy, get up when I’m awake, and then sleep again when I’m tired. I accomplish a lot.” — Verna
“I meditate before I go to sleep. I wake up 2 or 3 times during the night, so I meditate some more until I doze off again. It has helped me relax.” — Anonymous
“I found that Yoga is great for me — the stretching more than the spiritual side of it — so I guess stretching is the key. I’m a complete hack at it and often get my lefts and rights mixed up, but I really feel like it helps me sleep at night.” — Tinns
“I work like 10 hours a day. When I come home, I make sure everyone is asleep, and then I smoke some marijuana. That helps.” — JNelson57
“I stumbled upon a very simple technique. I hate cold showers, but I’ve been taking more since the summer heat has been exhausting for my MS. At night, I do the opposite and take a long hot shower. It exhausts me, so once I moisturize, I’m really tired and go right to sleep!” — NickyCole
“My sleeping medication is audiobooks. I keep the sound low but loud enough that I can hear it. I set the timer for an hour and listen to a great book. Sometimes that timer gets reset a few times, but I have something to focus on, and that seems to help.” — Sissymarie
Finding what sleep hacks work best for you may be a process of trial and error. The key is to find an activity that relaxes you. Talk with your doctor if natural and at-home remedies aren’t doing the trick.
If you want to find more tips for better sleep, visit the Wellness forum at Bezzy MS. You’re not on this journey alone.
Medically reviewed on September 28, 2022
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