Women's Health

Why Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Worsen During Menopause?

Getting quality sleep is important, too

Transitioning into menopause can also make it rather difficult to get a good night’s sleep because you may be experiencing hot flashes, night sweats or wakefulness. In turn, not getting enough sleep and feeling tired can intensify the pain you are experiencing from RA. For this reason, controlling your RA-related inflammation can help you to heighten your energy levels, as well as to improve your sleep patterns. Here is what you can do:

  • Avoid eating a heavy meal before going to bed
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages before going to bed
  • Avoid watching TV in the bedroom as it can keep you up
  • Keep your bedroom dark and at a cool temperature

While you may not be able to avoid menopause or eliminate RA altogether, you can get a better handle on your symptoms to help maintain your quality of life. Remember that when it comes to your body, you know best. If something does not feel right, speak up. Together with your doctor, you can find an appropriate solution to help ease your symptoms and allow you to relax, both physically and mentally.