Research Finds Link Between Lack of Sleep and Morning Stiffness in Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers


Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/16/2015 -- Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis tend to suffer from a myriad of discomforts, which often place them in challenging situations. Sleep is one of the things that sufferers are usually deprived of because of the condition.

Research finds the link between lack of sleep and morning stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. The researchers believe that sufferers are more likely to suffer from pain and stiffness in the morning because rheumatoid arthritis interferes with their circadian rhythms. These rhythms refer to the internal 24-hour human body clock, which has an impact on the quantity and quality of sleep that people get.

"Sleep is as important as food. Individuals who suffer from certain conditions should be able to get good quality sleep," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.

The Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, or EULAR, revealed a research study that presented the scientists from Japan. According to the announcement, the presence of a particular genetic pathway can potentially be a reason for the link between the human body clock and arthritis symptoms.

The lead author of the study, and chairman of The Center for Rheumatic Diseases at Kobe University Hospital in Japan, believes in the possibility that identifying the pathway can be the secret to determining the reason behind the 24-hour symptom cycle, which takes place among sufferers who experience worse joint pain and stiffness in the morning.

The research involved 200 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis from Japanese hospitals. It was found that 61 percent of the participants experienced significant sleep disturbance. It was also found that those who had more active arthritis experienced more severe sleep disturbance.

According to Rex MacCallum, M.D., Duke University Medical Center's professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, the study indicates that individuals with active rheumatoid arthritis are more susceptible to sleeping less and waking up more, especially during the night time. Inflammation is believed to cause pain and stiffness, which interferes with sleep. Experts recommend that sufferers get plenty of rest and sleep.

Many arthritis sufferers are dealing with a low quality of life due to the discomforts and pain they experience from the condition. The good news is that there are natural alternatives such as glucosamine that are believed to be very helpful among sufferers. There are those who reported significant improvement in their pain and mobility while using glucosamine supplements. The most popular glucosamine supplements for arthritis sufferers are those that also contain natural ingredients such as turmeric, MSM, and chondroitin (

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