Like eating well and being active, getting a good night’s sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing. Research shows that 1 in 3 people suffer with aches and pains that stop them from getting a good night’s sleep. Prolonged poor sleep has shown to contribute to a variety of health problems including; cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes.
This week is Arthritis Care Week which aims to encourage the 10 million people in the UK who live with arthritis to keep moving to lessen pain and stiffness.
When you can’t sleep because of arthritic pain, you might well feel you are stuck in an endless loop. You are up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse makes your pain worse the next day!
Inflammation, pain and the immune system all appear to be impacted to some degree by sleep and people with arthritis are almost three times more likely to report one or more sleep problems such as insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
Sleep doesn’t just reboot your system, refreshing your body and mind for the next day, it also helps to repair your body.
The growth hormone, which the body releases most often in our deepest stages of sleep, helps heal tiny muscle tears that occur naturally during the course of the day. As we age, the amount of growth hormone that is secreted declines, along with the amount of time we spend in deep sleep, although scientists aren’t sure if one causes the other. But if your deep sleep is disrupted, your body may not secrete enough growth hormone to heal itself.
Have you considered how by adjusting the position of your bed could provide better support and minimise joint compression, improving your sleep and providing some relief from your arthritic pain?
Adjusting your sleep posture with the finite controls of an adjustable bed will help to take away the compression forces on arthritic joints to give relief. At the press of a button, an adjustable bed can be adjusted to a number of different positions. Using simple and intuitive controls, you can manipulate the ends of the bed to elevate your upper body, legs or both. Another benefit is the fact that it can make it easier to get into and out of bed.
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