Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sleep & Women: Rheumatoid Arthritis

A study (#1007) that will be presented later this morning as a poster indicates that women with rheumatoid arthritis report poor sleep quality.

The study involved 133 women with RA; their average age was 56 years and they had RA for an average of almost 15 years.

Results show that 71 percent of the women had poor self-reported sleep quality. Pain, depression and poor adherence to RA medications also contributed to impaired sleep.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that many medical and neurological disorders may give rise to chronic insomnia. Disorders that cause pain, breathing problems, limited mobility, and central nervous system (CNS) symptoms are the major ailments that cause difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep. Find more about
insomnia due to medical condition on

You can
download the SLEEP 2009 abstract supplement as an 11 MB file in PDF format.


  1. In general, studies have shown that physical exercise of the affected joint can have noticeable improvement in terms of long-term pain relief. Furthermore, exercise of the arthritic joint is encouraged to maintain the health of the particular joint and the overall body of the person.

  2. This is RHEUMATOID arthritis--not even severe arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease that dissolves and attacks your joints--sometimes all of them eventually. If your joints are swollen to the size of softballs and red hot, you don't want to be exercising them. You can damage those joints even more than your immune system is. There is also the problem of fatigue to consider when weighing options in your head like "should I exercise today or should I actually cook a real meal?" Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis aren't the same. Please don't compare them as such.

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