WAKE UP TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Sleep is a time of recovery for the body and mind1 and a good night's sleep can make all the difference to the day that follows.
For adults about eight hours sleep is recommended but individual needs often vary. Our sleep goes through several stages of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. During REM sleep, the regions of the brain involved in learning and memory are stimulated and dreams occur. During non-REM sleep, sleep is deepest and restorative.2 Both types of sleep are important.
For people with Osteoarthritis, a lack of sleep can increase the perception of pain,3 doubtless because tired bodies are more sensitive. So, for people with Osteoarthritis, pain relief at night can be important in reducing sleep disturbance and can help you feel better first thing in the morning.4
Here are some more tips for better sleep:
- take regular exercise5
- limit daytime naps5
- do not drink caffeine or alcoholic drinks before bed2
- make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark2
- a nightly routine, such as a warm bath, can help.5
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- Mignot E. Why we sleep: the temporal organization of recovery. Plos Biology 2008;6(4):0661-0669.
- US Department of Health and Human Services. Your guide to healthy sleep, August 2011.
- Victorian Government. Comprehensive health assessment of the older person. Psychosocial assessment.
- Benson M, et al. The Journal of International Medical Research 2009;37:1321-1335.
- Mayo Clinic. Sleep tips: 7 tips to better sleep. July, 2011