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How can sleeping well help ease osteoarthritis symptoms?

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A good night's sleep will help you better manage the pain and stress of arthritis. To sleep better, try going to bed at the same time every night. Take distractions like television and computers out of your bedroom. If you're uncomfortable in bed because of arthritis, try using pillows to take the pressure off painful joints. If you have frequent sleep problems, talk to your doctor.

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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