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Tips on getting ready for bed

Warm wheat bags draped over sore joints really help me get comfortable in bed. I find them better than hot-water bottles. Also have your medication and painkillers on your bedside table when you wake up so you can take them straight away.
Claire (Spring 2018)

Take meds in time to be working for bedtime. Bath and into bed with hot-water bottle and wheat bags. Wheat bags are more comfortable, but a hot-water bottle keeps the heat for longer. Sleep oils help. Finally, hope young children aren't up in the night!
Sarah Jane (Spring 2018)

​I have a hot shower, take painkillers about an hour before bed, and make my bed cosy. I have a machine that plays different sounds like rain forest, ocean or babbling brook. It runs on batteries and you can have it on a timer. I find all this is very helpful.
Elaine (Spring 2018)

Having a relaxing bath or shower, putting aromatherapy cream on wrists and writing a diary helps shut your mind down with any worries.
Allie (Spring 2018)

I take all my night-time meds about one hour before bedtime, apply lavender gel to my temples and listen to music on Spotify App via headphones.
Allan (Spring 2018)

I have osteoarthritis of the knees which can be painful at night and I put a small soft pillow between my knees in bed. Some lavender oil on the temples helps me sleep too – you can buy it in a roller ball dispenser from somewhere like Neal's Yard.
Gilly (Spring 2018)

I thought I’d share my own experiences of doing literally anything to sleep better:

  • Make time to unwind. Turn everything off an hour before sleep and read a book or try some mindfulness techniques from a free app.
  • Warm yourself up. Before bed I drink either a camomile or vanilla chai tea and then use a fleece throw and electric back heat pack to warm up in bed before nodding off.
  • Get out and about every day. I can wake up in pain and discomfort every one to two hours, but after a day out in the Peak District with friends I can sleep up to four hours without a break. It really helps for me to get out of the house every day, if only for half an hour.


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