- While psoriatic arthritis doesn’t directly cause insomnia, the symptoms of the disease can make sleeping a challenge.
- Luckily, by managing your condition and following a few simple tips, you can get better sleep.
- Investing in a comfortable sleep environment, reducing stress, and winding down before bedtime are just a few of the ways you can get better sleep with psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that develops when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue. It typically causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling but it can also affect people who have psoriasis which causes dry, red lesions on your skin. All of these symptoms can make sleeping a challenge. But the fact is, sleep is so important not just for your overall health, but for keeping psoriatic arthritis flares at bay.
Most adults need about 7- to 8-hours of sleep every day. If you have psoriatic arthritis and are having trouble sleeping, these tips may help you get the sleep you need!
How Does Psoriatic Arthritis Affect Sleep?
While the disease doesn’t directly cause insomnia, the symptoms can make falling and staying asleep a challenge. Healthline explains that itchy, dry skin, and joint pain can keep you awake at night. And it’s more common than you may think. One study found 84-percent of people with psoriatic arthritis have poor sleep quality.
Additionally, the Arthritis Foundation says poor sleep quality is a vicious cycle, meaning while the symptoms can make it difficult to sleep, disrupted sleep can also make your symptoms worse. This is why it’s so important to invest in your sleep and do what you can to get a better night’s rest. Let’s take a look at a few simple, yet effective tips you can try to get more quality sleep.