If you suffer from arthritis, then you’re probably also familiar with the debilitating fatigue that can come with it. This is especially true among those with rheumatoid arthritis, as up to 98% of people with this disease report fatigue on a regular basis. Fatigue can easily get in the way of your everyday life and prevent you from handling important obligations and responsibilities. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can go about combating arthritis-related fatigue.
Watch Your Diet
You may be surprised at what an impact the right changes in your diet can have not just on your arthritis-related fatigue, but other symptoms as well. Be sure that you’re making the time to start your day with a nutritious breakfast with plenty of protein and some complex carbohydrates (such as those from whole grains). Stay away from processed foods and foods with high sodium, as these can worsen inflammation and swelling, thus contributing to your fatigue and pain.
Make Time for Exercise
While hitting the gym may be the last thing you want to do when you’re suffering from arthritis pain, a little bit of exercise can make a huge difference in your fatigue. Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) not only works to improve your range of motion and joint function, but boosts blood circulation as well. This can help reduce fatigue caused by joint pain. Not to mention, exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which can boost your mood and give you the energy you need to power through the rest of your day.
Get Plenty of Sleep
A lack of sleep will only worsen your arthritis-related fatigue. Make an effort to track your sleeping habits and make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of restful sleep each night. If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, consider focusing on relaxing activities before bed. This could include anything from reading a book to listening to your favorite music. As long as it relaxes your body and mind, you should be able to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
These are just a few of the lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your arthritis-related fatigue. For more help with managing or treating your arthritis symptoms, schedule an appointment with our team at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Treatment Center. With more than 30 years of experience, our doctors have the resources and knowledge to help you keep arthritis symptoms under control.