Healthy Living

Mistakes People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Make

Inadequate sleep

We hear this all the time. Sleep is important for your health. Despite knowing this, many of us do not get enough sleep and/or do not get good quality sleep. We work hard, we have families, and unexpected things come up, and sleep ends up taking a back seat. Understanding how this can affect your RA could help you prioritize sleep a little more. Seven to eight hours a night of good sleep is what is recommended for most people. Not getting this can have a negative effect on your RA symptoms. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep not only experience greater RA related pain and fatigue, but also increased depression. This could have a negative impact on many aspects of your life. Talk with your provider about sleep hygiene and things that you can do to prioritize getting an adequate amount of restful sleep. Try sticking to a bedtime and avoiding artificial light thirty minutes before. Yes, this means put down your phone and turn off the TV.