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Almost a quarter of adults with arthritis suffer from insomnia

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

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Last updated: April 7, 2011

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    May 9, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I should think ANYONE with chronic pain suffers from some form or degree of insomnia–when I can’t get comfortable for any reason, I’m not going to sleep well.

    My father, whose spine was slowly fusing itself after a WWII plane crash which triggered a strain of arthritis, could only lie still for about 5-6 hours. If he was in some sort of motion, the pain of stiffening joints had less of a chance to increase. He took afternoon naps to compensate for less nighttime sleep.

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