According to the Arthritis Foundation inadequate amounts of sleep can irritate some arthritis symptoms, and can also lead to moodiness and poor memory. Here are some ideas to help improve your sleep quality and feel better throughout the day:
* You can compensate with 20 – 30 minute naps. Be sure to set an alarm as prolonged naps can interfere with proper sleep patterns.
* Give yourself enough time to sleep. Adjust your schedule and set aside enough time to obtain eight hours of sleep. Less than 6 1/2 hours can interfere with a person’s ability to function.
* Tell your doctor about your lack of sleep. This issue is sometimes overlooked during office visits so let your physician know about your problem.
* Try to keep a regular sleep schedule to combat sleep deprivation. It is the only real way to ensure sleep quality and quantity.
(Source: Arthritis Today January-February 2003)