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Chronic Pain and Insomnia

Chronic Pain and Insomnia- Here’s Why You’re Tossing and Turning

Tammy Applegate dreams of sleep – when she dreams, that is. Most nights, she can’t sleep soundly; pain rousts her four or five times. She turns over, repositions the pillow under one shoulder – the only position that offers some relief – and waits for slumber to overpower her discomfort. “Sometimes it takes me so long to get comfortable that I stay awake anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours,” says the Fort Worth, Tex., mother of four, who has mixed connective tissue disease and requires sleep treatments to resolve her issues with pain and sleep.

She’s got plenty of company. Insomnia – broadly defined as having trouble falling or staying sleep – affects anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of American adults, at least intermittently, according to population studies. It’s estimated that some 10 to 15 percent have long-term sleep problems (lasting more than a month).

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Internal Clock Affects Arthritis

Your Body’s Internal Clock Affects Arthritis Symptoms

Like most people with arthritis, you probably have symptoms that are better at some times of day than others. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is usually worse in the morning, for instance, whereas gout more frequently flares in the evening, and pain from fibromyalgia (like other conditions) is more intense after a poor night’s sleep. Researchers believe these variations in the timing and severity of arthritis symptoms may result from disruptions in circadian rhythms – the 24-hour cycles of biologic activity that regulate sleep, immune response and many other functions.

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