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Sleep Apnea and Joint Pain

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Posted: Mar 4, 2022 | by admin | 0 Comment

pexels-andrea-piacquadio-3807626If you are currently going through menopause and are having trouble sleeping at night, the problem could spread to your joints. A recent study published by the North American Menopause Society suggests a connection between sleep apnea in post-menopausal patients and joint aches.

According to US News and World Report, the study was published in the NAMS journal, Menopause. It is noted that because joint tissues contain estrogen receptors, the loss of estrogen in a menopause patient may contribute to joint pain. While further research is needed for conclusive results, it is suggested that hormonal changes contribute to sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder affecting one’s breathing during sleep. The patient may stop breathing while asleep throughout the night, thereby creating a risk for snoring, raised blood pressure, and heart problems among other health issues. (Source: WebMD)

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Mood swings and tiredness during the day

Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis may also experience sleep apnea. According to CreakyJoints.org, over fifty percent of RA patients suffered some type of sleep disorder that exacerbates their pain.

Proper management of joint pain and arthritis is one key to getting a better night’s sleep. Other health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure may need to be addressed as well. With a full continuum of care, you can work toward a better quality of life. At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, our doctors and physical therapists are here to help you address your joint pain and reduce your discomfort. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help.

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