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How Does Arthritis Impact Sleep?

How Does Arthritis Impact Sleep?

If your arthritis disturbs your sleep, you’re not alone; more than 10 million American adults are affected by sleep problems linked to arthritis. What’s more, those with depression or anxiety are at the greatest risk for sleep disturbance. 

Our pain management team at Lynx Healthcare wants patients to understand the connection between arthritis and sleep disturbance. If you have arthritis and you’re struggling with poor sleep quality, discuss it with a us.

Arthritis pain can keep you up at night

Effectively managing your arthritis so that your symptoms are well-controlled is key to easing the arthritis pain and discomfort that may keep you up at night. Working closely with a our providers to develop and follow a treatment plan that relieves pain and discomfort can help you fall asleep at night and get the rest that you need. 

Without the pain of arthritis causing you to toss and turn your sleep quality is likely to improve. 

Poor sleep quality worsens arthritis 

Good quality sleep is crucial to nearly every body process. Did you know that sleep quality has a major impact on inflammation? Low-quality sleep increases inflammation throughout the body. So poor sleep quality worsens arthritis pain and inflammation. 

Lack of sleep activates markers of inflammation, which is bad news for whether you have arthritis or not. For people living with arthritis, this means lack of sleep and poor overall sleep quality may contribute to arthritis flare-ups and may make your arthritis pain and swelling worse. 

Low sleep quality raises the risk for depression and disability

Poor sleep boosts the risk of depression and disability for people living with arthritis. Sleep disturbances, such as trouble falling asleep and issues staying asleep, not only worsen arthritis pain, they can wreak havoc on your mental health. Over time, low-quality sleep boosts the risks of becoming more disabled and having a lower quality of life. 

The connection between arthritis and sleep

Pathways in the central nervous system (CNS) regulate many processes, including pain. When you aren’t sleeping well, CNS pathways that communicate pain signals may go into overdrive or function abnormally. 

Additionally, poor sleep boosts inflammation, causing a double whammy. The result is a cycle of more inflammation and more arthritis pain.

Improving sleep as part of arthritis management

Improving sleep quality is an underappreciated aspect of living well with arthritis. Our Lynx Healthcare team works closely with you to identify areas of your sleep that may need improvement. Whether you have trouble getting to sleep, or you wake several times during the night, restoring good quality sleep can help improve arthritis symptoms and your overall well-being. 

Sometimes lifestyle changes like practicing good sleep hygiene are all that’s needed to improve your sleep. In other cases, medication may be necessary to treat sleep problems and restore a sleep quality. 

There is hope for effectively managing arthritis. Our team treats you as a whole person and finds solutions that address your pain so that you feel better and function better and can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling life. 

To get started, schedule a visit with one of our Lynx Healthcare providers. Call our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or send a booking request online using our online scheduling form.

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