A couple of years ago I wrote about the link between arthritis and insomnia.
It was typically thought that the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis often triggered insomnia - but now new research suggests it could work both ways.
According to researchers, not only can joint pain cause insomnia, sleep deprivation may make joint pain worse (and even accelerate joint damage).
Studies have found that inflammatory markers are higher in those who have trouble sleeping. These markers (particularly interleukin-1) can increase the risk of conditions such as osteoarthritis.
It's thought that even one sleepless night can increase the risk of joint pain and even the development of longer term conditions such as arthritis.
Furthermore, a lack of sleep hinder's the body's ability to heal itself during the night - making the problem even worse and potentially leading to more serious and long term consequences.
It's thought that as many as 64% of those who suffer from arthritis have trouble sleeping.
Clearly we need to see more research in this area.
In the meantime, arthritis (and insomnia) sufferers need more help and support.
Source: Daily Mail
Last updated: February 14, 2013