RA sleep secret #1: Relax your face
Tiffany Westrich of Los Angeles, who has RA, says that relaxing your facial muscles, which carry a lot of stress, can help improve sleep. "It works like magic, helping me drift off while distracting me from pain. Try to move all of your face muscles forward, which causes them to relax. Take a breath and do it again, relaxing more and then repeat. I find it helps to start with the jaw, then the forehead, then the cheeks. After a few breaths it feels like your face is letting out a big sigh of relief!"