A recent study found that sleep disturbances (insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness and getting less than six hours of sleep) are more prevalent among adults with arthritis than those without the disease.
Taking data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, the authors of the study concluded that 23% of adults with arthritis suffer from insomnia. Those with arthritis were almost three times more likely to report insomnia compared to those without arthritis.
Adults with arthritis also suffering from depression and anxiety were the most likely to to suffer from a sleep disturbance.
Let's hope that doctors who treat arthritis patients also screen for sleep problems - particularly when the patient suffers from depression or anxiety.
If you're searching for the cause of your insomnia, perhaps your arthritis is to blame - but bear in mind that the authors of the study didn't determine why insomnia is more prevalent among arthritis sufferers. That's for a future study (hopefully).
Source: Arthritis Care & Research
Last updated: April 7, 2011