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Hi @dablues, I think it's a fairly common problem for those of us with neuropathy or back pain due to degenerative arthritis or other conditions. A few years ago I listened to a talk by Dr. Edward T. Creagan from Mayo Clinic. He shared the importance of a regular sleep schedule and that resonated with me. Mostly because I was always a night owl and stayed up all hours and still got up early which was taking a toll on me. Here's some information I found that may offer some suggestions for you to try.

"Keep a regular sleep/wake schedule. Develop a bedtime ritual, such as taking a warm bath or reading light material. Limit or eliminate caffeine four to six hours before bed and minimize daytime use. Avoid smoking, especially near bedtime or if you awake in the middle of the night." — Are Neuropathy Symptoms Affecting Your Sleep?: https://www.everydayhealth.com/neurology/neuropathy/are-neuropathy-symptoms-affecting-your-sleep/

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy also has some tips for sleeping under the Managing & Coping with Neuropathy information here: https://www.foundationforpn.org/living-well/lifestyle/managing-peripheral-neuropathy/

@artscaping @jenniferhunter may also have some suggestions or information they can share about carpal tunnel and back related issues that can affect your sleep.

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Thank you for you input. I'll check out your links. I go to bed every night at 11:30PM. I, also, was a night owl and stayed up half the night but trained myself to go to bed when my hubby did. I no longer smoke, as I gave that up in January 2011. Yes my sleep is being affected. I sleep on a sleep number bed so I can raise the head height due to acid reflux. All this started after I had the Shingrix Vaccine and after having the second does. That's when my feet got spongy, burning pain throughout my body from the legs all the way up. Used to wake me up out of a sound sleep. Got so I could hardly walk. Went to all kinds of doctors, and no one could figure out anything. All the neurology tests, MRI's, Xrays, etc. didn't really show anything except disk degeneration in my neck and spine. The only doctor that said anything about what was happening agreed with me and thought it was a reaction to the Vaccine. All the problems lasted 4 months, including panic attacks. Then all of a sudden it all went away as fast as it came on it went away that fast. Even the sponge feet cleared up until NOW. So I'm at a loss since I don't know if it was the vaccine and if it had anything delayed in it that could make these symptoms start up again or is it my other problems with the neck and lower back. So frustrating. If it is neuropathy is there anything that can stop this? It's scary about the vaccine since the therapy doctor researched and said he really thought the vaccine did that to my body with my legs, feet, panic attacks etc. So I don't know who to believe. As for the carpal tunnel, I never knew I had it, and nothing was ever mentioned again about it, since my right arm never bothered me. I'll check the links out. Thank you! I also exercise 2 times a day, once in the AM and once in the PM, Treadmill then my therapy exercises.