Abstract: Improved sleep may reduce arthritis pain

Holist Nurs Pract. 2003 May-Jun;17(3):128-35.  Davis GC.  College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Tex 76204, USA. gdavis@twu.edu

Studies indicate that pain interferes with sleep and, in turn, sleep disturbances increase pain. Statistics show that up to 60% of those with arthritis experience pain during the night. But despite these findings, sleep is not generally addressed as a major treatment concern among this population. This article reviews the relationship between pain and sleep; sleep issues as they relate to 3 common types of arthritis–osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia; and holistic approaches that may be used by the patient in the self-management of pain and sleep.

PMID: 12784896 [PubMed – in process]

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