How to Manage Morning Stiffness with Psoriatic Arthritis

Medically Reviewed by Jabeen Begum, MD on November 18, 2021

Morning stiffness is a common psoriatic arthritis symptom. Starting your morning out slow may put a damper on the rest of your day. The good news is that there are ways you can overcome psoriatic arthritis morning stiffness.

If you have a psoriatic arthritis diagnosis, you know that there is no cure for the chronic condition. Addressing your symptoms takes patience and consistency. You may have good days and bad days, but over time, you should see improvements when you use these tips:

  • Consider your bed and pillows. When you have psoriatic arthritis, you need the right support. Consider investing in a new mattress, mattress topper, or pillows to offer the comfort you need at night.
  • Follow a psoriatic arthritis diet. Eating the right foods can improve your psoriatic arthritis symptoms, while eating the wrong foods can cause psoriatic arthritis flare-ups. Talk to your doctor about foods you should and should not eat. Over time, you should see an improvement in morning stiffness.
  • Get moving. Low-impact exercise is great for your joints. When you keep moving, you improve your overall mobility. Stick to exercises like walking, riding a bike, or swimming. High impact exercises may do more harm than good, leading to increased morning stiffness.
  • Build strength. Strong muscles help to reduce inflammation, taking pressure off of your joints. Morning stiffness may leave you tempted to rest and take it easy. Don’t bypass strength training and other exercises. When your muscles break down over time, inflammation increases.
  • Reduce stress. When you feel stressed out about things in your life, you’re more susceptible to feeling pain. Try meditation practices and yoga as stress relievers. Studies show that, over time, meditation can change the way your brain processes pain. Meditation can improve your perceptions of morning stiffness and give you coping mechanisms.

Your doctor may also suggest medication and physical or occupational therapy to pair with the tips above. If you want to try natural ways to improve psoriatic arthritis first, do it! Talk to your doctor about improvements you see and areas where you still need a little extra help managing your symptoms.

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Cleveland Clinic: “Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Wake Up Stiff and Sore Every Morning? Try These Adjustments to Make Sleep Swell Again.”

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