How to Achieve Quality Sleep While Taking Steroids

Steroids are a common medication used to treat various conditions such as inflammation, pain, and autoimmune diseases. However, these medications can cause side effects that make it difficult to fall and stay asleep at night. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to sleep better while on steroids.

Talk with your doctor

The first step in improving your sleep while taking steroids is talking with your doctor. They may be able to adjust the dose or timing of the medication to help minimize the effect on your sleep cycle. Make sure you communicate any concerns you have about insomnia or other side effects.

Adjusting Your Medication Schedule

If possible, take steroids in the morning instead of later in the day so that they will not interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. This may mean changing from one dose per day to two smaller doses – one taken early in the morning and another taken before noon.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Having a consistent bedtime routine can improve anyone’s chance of falling asleep quickly and staying asleep throughout the night but especially those who are taking steroid medications. Establishing routines like reading a book before bed or drinking chamomile tea may signal their brain it’s time for bed and encourage drowsiness.

Avoid Stimulants Before Bedtime

Avoid consuming stimulants like caffeine late in the afternoon if not entirely cut out caffeine from our diet as it has an extended half-life that can interfere with our body’s natural production of melatonin (the hormone responsible for regulating sleep). Additionally, alcohol should also be avoided because although it might initially cause drowsiness – its metabolization acts as a stimulant keeping people awake after they’ve fallen asleep.

Investigate Alternative Treatment Methods

Ask our doctors about steroid-sparing medications that could help regulate immune responses without interfering with sleep. Additionally, complementary and alternative treatments like meditation or aromatherapy could be helpful in relaxing the mind and body before bed.

Exercise Smartly

Regular exercise has been proven to improve our quality of sleep – but it’s important to note that exercising too close to bedtime can actually interfere with our ability to relax and fall asleep. We recommend completing any workouts at least three hours before going to bed.

Create a Sleep-Conducive Environment

Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible by investing in items such as comfortable pillows, sheets, and mattresses; add blackout curtains or eye masks if you have light sensitivity issue. Keeping the room temperature cool is also key as our body temperature decreases while we are sleeping.

Manage Stress Levels

Stress is one of the primary reasons people struggle with insomnia – especially those who take steroids daily. Anxiety can lead us down a rabbit hole of negative thinking making it challenging for anyone struggling from chronic stressors to relax enough at night time taking longer than usual falling asleep or experiencing fitful sleep- therefore it’s essential always managing stress levels throughout the day via various activities such as journaling, breathing exercises,& yoga.

Conclusion

In summary, getting adequate rest while on steroids requires some lifestyle changes – adjusting medication timing/schedule; creating a consistent bedtime routine; avoiding stimulants before bed.;alternative treatment approaches;&a conducive environment keeping us relaxed. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine you’ll be more likely able achieving restful nights which will allow you waking up feeling refreshed energized regardless of steroid intake!