Sleep and exercise are vital components when it comes to decreasing the intensity of RA
Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep or sleeping poorly increases the inflammatory response of RA. In a recent study, researchers found that in those with RA, pain and sleep problems were associated with an increase in inflammatory markers such as CRP. They arrived to the conclusion that alleviating pain and improving sleep patterns can reduce the effects of RA-related inflammation. In addition, regular exercise - such as walking, swimming, and cycling – helps to preserve joint mobility and to maintain muscle strength. This, in turn, alleviates joint pain, improves mood, and keeps weight under control.