Sleep For Arthritis Sufferers Who Need Pain Relief

For arthritis sufferers, quality sleep is an important part of a holistic treatment regimen. Yet, for people with arthritis, a good night's sleep can be hard to achieve. In a study by the National Sleep Foundation, nearly three-quarters of arthritis sufferers reported trouble sleeping. Arthritis pain can make it difficult to fall asleep, and sore, inflamed joints can cause tossing and turning and frequent awakenings during the night.

What's worse is that a bad night's sleep can create a vicious cycle in which pain is difficult to manage during the day—and quality sleep is even harder to come by at night. Disrupted sleep inhibits the body's release of human growth hormone, an essential element for tissue repair and maintenance. Moreover, people who are tired during the day are less likely to exercise, which can lead to weight gain, altered metabolism, and increased joint immobility.

Many arthritis pain medications can interfere with sleep. In turn, poor sleep can lower a person's ability to cope with pain, causing them to take more pain medication during the day.

Arthritis pain and the medication used to treat it are not the only factors that rob people of the rest they need; a person’s bed can also play a role. Traditional innerspring mattresses can poke and prod the body, with hard metal coils creating painful pressure points. After tossing and turning all night long, arthritis sufferers may wake up even more exhausted and in more pain than when they went to bed.

The SLEEP NUMBER® bed offers a natural way to get a better night's sleep. The patented air-chamber design gently conforms to an individual's contours, reducing painful pressure points. With the body's weight more evenly distributed and the spine more naturally aligned, people toss and turn less and get more of the deep, restorative sleep they need.

"People with arthritis will have more pain from pressure than those without arthritis," says Dr. Miles Belgrade, neurologist and director of the Fairview Pain Management Center at Fairview-University Medical Center in Minneapolis. "In arthritis sufferers, pain is the number one reason for poor sleep. Reducing pain at night is the best hope for optimizing sleep."

SLEEP NUMBER has put years of research into finding the key to a better night's sleep, and independent clinical research studies conducted at hospitals, universities and sleep disorder clinics prove that the Sleep Number bed provides improved sleep quality. Every year, Sleep Number receives thousands of letters that confirm our research—people with all types of pain have discovered what it's like to wake up rested and restored after a great night's sleep.

What’s better, the Sleep Number bed is also a low-maintenance investment: there's no need to flip or rotate the mattress, and its lightweight design makes it easier to make the bed in the morning or move it if necessary.

Visit a SLEEP NUMBER® store near you to experience the bed for yourself and to see how IndividualFitSM 3D technology can show you how the Sleep Number bed adjusts to your body for your ideal level of comfort.

The Sleep Number bed is available in a range of models to match your comfort preference and budget needs. The Sleep Number bed bed also comes in a full spectrum of sizes and will fit into traditional frames and furniture sets, or you can further customize your comfort with the FlexFit™ adjustable base, which adjusts at the head or the foot with the simple touch of a button.

We look forward to seeing you at a Sleep Number store , because the relief you need may begin with a good night's sleep.

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