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November 09, 2017
If you find yourself tossing and turning half the night due to your arthritis, you’re not alone. Research has shown that there is a clear correlation between sleep quality and arthritis pain. It can send you into a frustrating spiral where constant pain interferes with your sleep and then exhaustion intensifies your pain. The good news is that you can break the spiral by following these effective sleep tips for arthritis sufferers.
If you suffer from arthritis in the neck, it’s recommended that you sleep with your head in alignment with your spine. This can help with arthritis in all other areas of the body as well, and it comes down to your pillow. The right fitting pillow should hold your head straight, making sure it doesn’t sink down into plush foam, or hold your head at an unnatural angle due to excess firmness.
There are a few ways to achieve proper posture while remaining comfortable:
It’s natural to rest more during the day when your arthritis pain is severe. Unfortunately, what you do during daylight hours could make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep after sunset. The Arthritis Foundation recommends the following lifestyle changes to promote more restful sleep:
Treat these ideas as suggestions to aim for rather than restrictive rules. For instance, if you don’t think you can give up coffee and don’t want to switch to decaffeinated, limit your consumption to the first half of the day.
Writing in a journal each day can help relieve stress, and that in turn can clear your mind so that you have an easier time falling asleep. If you take the time to track the following data daily, your journal will prove even more useful:
In addition to following these sleep tips for arthritis pain, you should work with your doctor to create an effective pain management plan. The better you manage chronic pain in general, the better you’re likely to sleep at night. With the support of a comfortable mattress and a supportive pillow, you can break that spiral that leaves you sleep deprived and crippled with pain.