Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Worsened by Poor Sleep
Tossing and turning is not a healthy way to spend the hours when you should be getting proper rest. More and more research is uncovering that sleep trouble is related to various chronic disorders, including fibromyalgia, restless legs syndrome, and even rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In fact, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, having poor sleep can intensify rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint disorder that affects about 1.3 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. RA can cause severe pain and damage to your hands, making the accomplishment of daily activities very difficult. Necessary tasks like cooking meals or cleaning the house become much more laborious.
The study focused on the relationship between sleep quality and functional disability. They assessed questionnaires obtained from 162 patients diagnosed with RA for at least two years, though on average, they reported having RA for 14 years. The average age of the participants was 58.6, and 76% of them were female.
WebMD reports on the results of the study:
Results derived from the questionnaire showed that 61% of participants were poor sleepers; 33% reported pain that disturbed their sleep at least three times per week.