It is common for arthritis sufferers to have trouble sleeping. Pain makes it difficult to sleep, and the stiffness can make it hard to get comfortable enough to find sweet slumber. Not only that but once you fall asleep, the pain might wake you up before you have a chance to get enough restorative sleep.
The lack of sleep for a person with arthritis can be a real problem. Sleep is vital for your health in many ways and if you don’t receive enough you will have a harder time dealing with pain. As you lose sleep, the pain becomes worse, resulting in even more sleep issues, and can lead to increased stress levels.
Improving the quality of sleep for an arthritis sufferer can be difficult, but there are some steps that you can take. To start, you want to maintain a regular sleep schedule. Even if the pain is keeping you awake, do not allow yourself to get out of bed and start doing things. Stay in bed, and try to fall asleep.
Your sleeping position may also affect your ability to sleep. You may have slept in one position for your entire life, but with the onset of arthritis, this position might place pressure on your joints. Depending on the joints that have problems, an adjustment to your sleeping position might help.
Your mattress may also be a problem. When the mattress is too firm, it can put pressure on the arthritic joints, which will increase pain and discomfort. You want your mattress to be firm enough to provide adequate support for your joint, but you do not want it to be so firm that it causes pressure on the joint. As an additional point, you might consider putting a pillow under the joint in question. This can relieve pressure resulting from your mattress or sleeping position.
If you want to improve your sleep, there are some other considerations that might help. Regular exercise can be good for burning energy, making it easier to sleep at night. You also want to avoid taking any caffeine or eating a large meal as it gets close to your bedtime.