Are you one of the 80% of arthritis sufferers who has problems with their sleep? If you’re having difficulty getting to sleep, can’t get comfortable or experience disruption to your sleep throughout the night, did you know that sleep deprivation can actually make your Arthritic pain worse? Read on to discover 5 ways you can improve your sleep if you suffer from arthritis:
5 ways sleep better if you suffer from arthritis:
1. Consider an adjustable bed
If you would sleep better if you suffer from arthritis, the answer could lie in your bed. As in their name, adjustable beds can be adjusted to find your perfect sleeping position, which could be your secret to a good night’s sleep. Adjustable can beds help to:
- Find your ideal position to sleep in: Suffering from arthritis pain can make it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. With an adjustable bed at the touch of a button you can change the position of your bed to help you find the most comfortable position or sleep
- Distribute your weight: With an adjustable bed you can spread your weight evenly meaning less pressure is put on your joints. This is very helpful if you have arthritis as uneven weight distribution puts increased strain on already painful joints making it difficult for you to sleep
- Improve your blood flow: Adjustable beds (especially those with inbuilt massage) help to increase blood circulation, which decreases inflammation in joints affected by arthritis. Better circulation helps to remove waste products such as lactic acid to prevent you wake up feeling stiff and sore
2. Get your heart pumping
Don’t worry, we aren’t saying you need to go for a 5k run… 🙂
The great news is even moderate exercise such as walking or yoga can help you to sleep better at night! Just try to avoid exercising at night time as the adrenaline produced could keep you awake for longer.
3. Be careful of what you drink
Caffeine is your sleeps worst enemy. Caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and coke act as a stimulant to your brain making you feel wide awake. Your morning coffee shouldn’t hurt but we would advise drinking water and other caffeine free drinks in the afternoon to help you sleep better at night.
4. Stick to a sleep schedule
By sleeping and waking up at the same time each day, you will help to regulate your sleeping pattern. This routine will help to not only increase how long you sleep for but will improve how well you sleep too.
5. Speak to a doctor
Your doctor can also help to address what is causing you to have difficulty going to sleep. It could be that it is your arthritis pain, or it could be that you need to wake up in the night to use your bathroom or that you are stressed.
If you would like to find out how an adjustable bed could help you sleep better if you suffer from arthritis, get in touch with us today. We’ve helped thousands of people to get the sleep they need and can help you too.