How can disturbed sleep affect my health?
Disturbed sleep can alter some of your body's functions, which can cause fatigue, stomach problems, headaches and poor concentration. Read more
What is a normal sleep pattern?
There are various stages of sleep, and the pattern of your brainwaves differs in each stage. These stages are repeated several times during the night. Read more
What kind of sleep problems are there?
A severely disturbed sleep pattern over a long period can cause increased muscle tension and can be linked with muscular pain. It often leads to anxiety or depression. Read more
Sleep and pain
Sleep disturbance may lower your pain threshold, which may make the symptoms of arthritis worse. It's possible that symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused by sleep disturbance. Read more
How can arthritis affect my sleep?
All forms of arthritis can affect the way you sleep, especially if your condition causes pain that makes it uncomfortable to lie in bed. Read more
Are restless legs affecting my sleep?
Sleep can be disturbed by restless legs syndrome (RLS) or periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). They're quite often associated with long-term conditions and can also occur as a side-effect of some medications. Read more
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
Snoring is common and can be a symptom or a cause of sleep disturbance. Severe snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, which can cause long-term (chronic) fatigue. Read more
How can I improve my sleep?
Keeping a diary of your sleep pattern can help you spot things that affect your sleep. Get into a relaxing routine and think about changing your mattress or pillows if needed. Read more
Treatments for sleep problems
If your sleep problems carry on, you should speak to your healthcare professional who'll be able to prescribe suitable medications if you need them. There are four main groups of drugs that can be helpful. Read more
Research and new developments into sleep and arthritis
A number of studies have investigated cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for sleep problems in people with chronic pain. Read more