Sleep and Arthritis

by J.R. Rogers

When you suffer from Osteoarthritis, you body needs rest. That disease demands that you get a good nights sleep. But, the definition of what constitutes a good night’s sleep has changed recently. Let’s take a look at what kind of sleep your body actually needs.

The old maxim that you had to have “eight hours of sleep” is no longer true. In fact, recent research indicates that you need much less sleep than that. The prevailing notion is that you should sleep about seven hours a week. Of course, the so-called experts are even questioning the reasoning for that number.

It turns out that the experts are basing their studies today on historical information from the days of hunter-gatherer societies. In those days many were believed to go to bed when the sun went down. Others found that those same groups stayed up and went to bed later. Either way, they are seeking the perfect number.

Based on what I have read, it does not appear that there is a perfect number for sleep. Osteoarthritis can become a very painful disease and sleep is an important component of keeping your life under control.

There is another group who claim that less than seven hours is more than enough sleep in modern society. In fact, there are individuals who get by on just a few hours of sleep a night.

I think it is safe to say that if you have arthritis, a restful night’s sleep is important enough for you to consider what works best for you. Forget about the studies and the experts. The sleep that allows your body to be most comfortable given your arthritis pain is that which you need.

The seven-hour mark is likely the safest bet. Perhaps more importantly, all of the experts tend to agree that getting to sleep by 11.00 p.m. is more restful than going to sleep later than that.

Until the next time, be well.

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