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Air Mattress Woes

Having psoriatic arthritis means meeting each day with aches and pains. After six years of dealing with psoriatic arthritis, I am well aware that each morning is going to start out slow. I wake up stiff. It usually takes about a good thirty minutes for my body to start relaxing to be able for me to conquer the day ahead.

The only good thing I can say about the pain in the morning is that it gives me an excuse to sit and drink my coffee. However, there are days that I do not have the privilege of waiting to give my body the time it needs to get back to feeling somewhat normal. I will never say it is normal because I spend the day acting like a yo-yo. Up when my body gets to stiff. Down when my back starts hurting so bad that I need to sit down.

Two days of hitting the floor running

Last weekend my husband and I had a trip planned to go to my son’s home. We were invited to come help paint and set up the nursery. His daughter is due in November. We were so excited to be asked to have a small part in it. Since he lives three hours away, we planned to stay for the weekend. Unfortunately, those plans did not come to fruition. Days before that weekend, my son and daughter-in-law were informed that they would have to move because their rented house had been sold. What turned into a weekend of working on the nursery turned into a weekend of helping them pack. Luckily they were able to secure an apartment in a complex that they had once lived in.

Sleeping on an air mattress

The day bed had been disassembled and my son asked that we bring an air mattress to sleep on. I have to admit that it had been a long time since I had tried sleeping on one. That notion did not hit me till the first miserable night I tried sleeping on it. We had spent the entire day packing. Needless to say, I was tired. My lower back felt like it was in knots. All I wanted to do was lay down. Sleeping with PsA is hard enough and I was looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Oh, if only I had my regular bed. Alas, it was the air mattress.

You would think that air would dispense around you making the bed feel comfortable. I can definitely say that was not the case. I am two months away from being 50 years old. Trying to get up from that air mattress was a feat within itself. I basically had to roll onto my sore knees to get up. What made it even worse is that the mattress lost air during the night.

Day two of sleeping on the air mattress

Day two was more of the same. More packing followed by more back hurting. The second night we tried to blow the air mattress up more to avoid the dreaded deflation. My husband decided to sleep on the couch thinking it would give me more space to find that comfortable spot.

While I appreciated having the additional room it did not accomplish what we both were hoping. It was still uncomfortable and for the second night in a row, it still lost air. I basically woke up completely laying on the floor. It was a miserable start to the day. To make it even worse, we still had to make that three-hour drive home. Psoriatic Arthritis makes any long drive hard enough without the pain I was already in.

My advice of sleeping on an air mattress with psoriatic arthritis

The best lesson learned is a hard lesson. I can say I have learned my lesson the hard way when it comes to sleeping on an air mattress. Some might say that it has to do with my age. Maybe I would agree with that but when you combine psoriatic arthritis, it’s still a bad combination. Take my word for it, forgo the air mattress.

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Comments

  • Judymom45
    2 weeks ago

    I had to smile over the air mattress leaking air. I slept on an air mattress two nights on a concrete floor and the air went out both nights leaving me flat on the concrete. Being that close to the floor it was hard for me to get up. I have a memory foam mattress on a cot that works much better when I can’t be in my own bed.

  • Jake moderator
    5 days ago

    Oh my @judymom45. That sounds terrible! Glad you can smile about it now, but that sounds like it must’ve caused some serious discomfort. Your alternative sounds like a good call instead of a leaky air mattress.

    – Jake (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team Member)

  • bubu
    2 weeks ago

    In reference to air mattresses>>I actually,previously used an airmattress and it was comfy for me but I added very thick alternative feather loft!! Worked great for me.

  • Jake moderator
    5 days ago

    @bubu – Glad to hear you actually had a good experience with your air mattress. Adding that thick comfy layer sounds like a good idea!

    – Jake (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team Member)

  • Vickie Wilkerson author
    2 weeks ago

    It is crazy how it affects each of us on a different level. I got over this experience. From now on it’s a bed for me. Thanks Jaime. Leliana is due now in less than a month. We are excited beyond words.

  • Jaime Lyn Moy
    2 weeks ago

    Isn’t it crazy how this disease affects people so differently? My son with PsA LOVES sleeping on our air mattress. Me? Not so much. Hope you’re feeling better Vickie, and congrats on your upcoming grandbaby!

  • Vickie Wilkerson author
    2 weeks ago

    It is crazy how it affects each of us on a different level. I got over this experience. From now on it’s a bed for me. Thanks Jaime. Leliana is due now in less than a month. We are excited beyond words.

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