I didn't know that I could write it off as a medical expense on my taxes. If you don't mind telling, I would like to know the price tag of the sleep number bed. The never tell on the commercials. Is my estimate of $1500 in the right ball park? Thanks for the great info!
That was a very informative and interesting article to read.
My sleep is fairly good. I am not lucky enough to have a sleep number bed like Dave (but I drool over the commercials lol) but I get by with the bed we have and its old. We have patched it up by adding memory foam to the top. We need a new bed and I need to bump it up on our list of priorities.
I take morphine with valium before bedtime and the two together synergistically help a lot with the chronic pain in my back and I am able to get a deep restful sleep every night. I read in the article that morphine and codeine tend to prevent deep sleep or REM sleep but I don't think that phenomenon occurs with me as I wake up very rested each morning. The only bad thing is that the medication wears off. Even though I take the extended release form of morphine, I cannot sleep more than 10 hours. Most of the time I sleep between 7-9 hours. If I sleep 10 hours, it was a good night! My back begins to "wake up" as I call it at the 8 to 9 hour mark.
Before my pain was under control, I wouldn't get good sleep at all. I would toss and turn all night. It didn't matter how I slept, I was in pain and I would wake up with a higher pain intensity in the mornings. So, I truly believe lack of adequate sleep leads to more pain.
I sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs . I also have a pillow to keep my arm level with my shoulders and I make sure the pillow I place under my head is tucked underneath neck between my ear and shoulder. I sleep this way religiously and it has helped align my spine such that I wake up in less pain.