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Spring Forward and Improve Sleep For Joint Health

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Posted: Mar 11, 2022 | by admin | 0 Comment

daylight savingsWhen Daylight Savings ends next week, we will once again lose an hour. The change marks the coming of Spring and warmer weather, and more opportunities for outdoor exercise. For those who live with arthritis or other joint pain, it may seem like we lose an hour of this discomfort. It won’t necessarily feel that way, however.

Time change can affect a person’s health, namely in the way it affects a person’s sleep habits. Because many patients with joint pain see a connection between their stiffness and aches and their sleep habits, it’s important to make sure you adjust well to the initial days of “springing forward.” 

We tend to feel the lost hour most during rest. A few ways one can help keep a good night’s sleep include:

Adjusting bedtime – Try arranging your schedule until you feel refreshed enough to adjust to your regular sleep cycles. Go to bed about 20 minutes earlier than usual, or wake up earlier than usual to get used to the time change.

Avoid screens – An hour or so before bedtime, try to shut off digital screens. Read a print book, work a crossword puzzle, or listen to music as a means of relaxation before bed. The glare of a screen may make it difficult to drift into sleep.

Limit liquids – Refrain from alcohol and caffeine before bedtime. Listen to your body as well and watch nighttime liquid consumption. If late-night trips to the bathroom are frequent, you might have issues going back to sleep.

Nap if you can – When your body calls for rest, answer if possible. The occasional nap, no more than 20 minutes, may help you adjust to the time change.

If sleep isn’t a factor in your chronic joint pain, consult with your orthopaedic physician for a plan of action. 

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