Whether you have spondylosis (osteoarthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylosis, or juvenile idiopathic arthritis, you may struggle to get a restorative night’s rest. Spinal inflammatory arthritis can cause considerable joint pain and wreak havoc on your sleep quality, leaving you far from refreshed come morning.
Below you’ll learn why spinal arthritis can disrupt healthy sleep, along with five tips to help you get a sound snooze with joint pain. Understanding Ways Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis Can Hurt Your Sleep You may think that the joint pain of arthritis is why you have trouble getting a quality night’s sleep. While that certainly could be the case, researchers are discovering that more factors could be at play.
A study published in the journal SLEEP in 2012 examined the sleep of people with chronic pain, including those with osteoarthritis. The research revealed a strong connection between chronic pain and insomnia. The authors noted that insomnia can lead to more joint pain because poor sleep may trigger inflammatory pathways that worsen arthritis pain. Making matters worse, a bad night of sleep can heighten your perception of pain the next day.
Arthritis pain doesn’t just impact the sleep of adults—young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) also struggle with getting the sleep they need. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collaborated with pediatric rheumatologists at Duke University in Durham to study the effects of poor sleep on children with JIA. They found that sleep and pain levels were strongly related, as were mood and sleep quality. This is significant—while sleep is essential for the health of all people, it has developmental implications for children. It’s especially important for children with JIA and their parents to understand what they can do to get a solid night’s rest.
Five Spinal Arthritis Sleep Tips Sore, achy joints shouldn’t come in the way of achieving quality sleep and a well-rested morning. Here are five things to consider to help secure your Z's and start your day off on the right foot.
You can learn more about how medicine impacts sleep in Are Your Back Pain Medications Ruining Your Sleep?
You can get more ideas on finding the right sleep posture for your spine in Position Yourself for Sound Sleep with Back Pain.
More Ways to Boost Sleep Quality with Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis Sleep problems can affect anyone—even those who have never experienced the spinal joint pain of spondylosis (osteoarthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylosis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. You may follow all the advice above and still struggle to get the restorative rest you need. If that’s the case, there may be another issue causing your sleep problems unrelated to joint pain. Perhaps it’s the noise level in your bedroom or your afternoon nap habit. You can learn some practical tips to help you wake up refreshed in Sound Sleep for a Healthy Spine. If you’re still not getting quality sleep, talk to your rheumatologist about the options available to you.