Salvage your mattress

Instead of buying a new costly mattress, try and put a 2-inch memory foam cushion over your mattress for a better nights sleep.

Black out your bedroom

Lights dampen your body’s secretion of melatonin, a hormone that helps you fall asleep.  There is a cheaper option to expensive black-out shades.  Buy a couple rolls of privacy film, cut to fit your windows and apply.

Change your sheets

Egyptian cotton is luxurious, but its not a good choice if you have rheumatoid arthritis.  The weave is so tight that it will make you uncomfortable. Instead, go for knit sheets because they stretch with you.

Free your feet

If rheumatoid arthritis has made your feet so sensitive that they can’t stand the touch of a blanket, try installing a blanket support bar.  You insert the base between you mattress and box spring.  An adjustable bar raises the covers off your feet, yet allows the blankets to drape over the rest of your body.

Get rid of the pain in your neck

Wake up in the middle of the night with a stiff neck?  You might sleep longer with a water-based pillow such as the Mediflow (Amazon).  Compared with standard and roll pillows, people with neck pain fell asleep faster and woke up fewer times during the night when they used a pillow filled with water, according to a study at Johns Hopkins University.