Arthritis is a condition that affects the body’s joints, causing pain both while moving and while stationary. It can also disrupt sleep patterns, causing you to wake up often in the night. While not a cure, an arthritis pillow can aid in sleep by alleviating symptoms, reducing how frequently you wake through the night.
In this post, you’ll find information on the relationship between arthritis and poor sleep, how it can affect your overall health, and how an arthritis pillow can help you get a full, restful night’s sleep. Read through for a comprehensive guide to the best body pillow for arthritis and other sleep tips, or simply use one of the links below to jump straight to the section you’re most interested in.
Let’s first take a look at the way arthritis affects sleeping patterns.
Many people are aware that arthritis pain can be disruptive during the night, causing you to sleep poorly; in fact, up to 80% of people struggling with arthritis also struggle with poor sleep. However, what many are not aware of is that the relationship between arthritis and sleep goes both ways: poor sleep can actually make arthritis worse.2
This is likely because arthritis is a type of inflammation, and your body uses the time while you’re asleep to mitigate the worst effects of inflammation.3 So, not only does having joint pain in your back, knees, hands, or neck cause you to toss and turn all night, that tossing and turning is actually contributing to the pain and inflammation as well.
Breaking out of this vicious cycle can be difficult, and many people turn to medication to help them get to sleep. While that may be a good option for some arthritis sufferers, others might not find it as helpful for their condition. For instance, heavy doses of sleep medication may cause you to fall asleep in an uncomfortable position, which could lead to issues such as shoulder pain at night.
This is why many people instead turn to shoulder pain pillows and other arthritis relief systems to ameliorate the worst of their nighttime symptoms. The right pillow can not only help you find sleep in a more comfortable and accommodating position, but can actually directly reduce arthritis pain through unique design and supportive structure. However, not just any pillow is suitable for arthritis. It’s important to know what to look for.
Finding the ideal arthritis pillow can depend on a variety of factors, like the nature of your arthritis pain, your favored sleeping position, and even your budget. The MedCline Shoulder Relief System is specially designed for side sleepers. Side sleepers experiencing shoulder can benefit from the features built into the MedCline Shoulder Relief Pillow. These include:
At MedCline, we strive to produce effective, comfortable, supportive, and ideal pillows for those suffering from nightly shoulder pain. In addition to using a shoulder pain pillow, however, there are tips you can use to ease yourself into a comfortable night of sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep with arthritis can be difficult. However, there may be more than arthritis at play if you find that you are consistently struggling to fall asleep at night.
In addition to using an arthritis relief pillow like the MedCline Shoulder Relief System, there are a few CDC-recommended sleep hygiene tips that you may want to consider implementing in order to get a better night’s sleep.4
Before you’re ready to order a MedCline Shoulder Relief System, take a look at a couple of our frequently asked questions. You can find a full list of questions with clear, digestible answers on the MedCline FAQ page.
The MedCline Shoulder Relief System is simple to use, and sleeping positions in the system are comfortable and intuitive. You can get started on your first night alleviating arthritis symptoms. Here’s how it works:
Once you’ve settled into a sleep routine and have found the most comfortable position in the Shoulder Relief System, experience reduced arthritis symptoms, and have a better night’s sleep.
The best pillows for side sleepers offer a comfortable, supportive base, limited but cushioned sleep angle, and support for your lower arm. The MedCline Shoulder Relief System is specifically designed to be comfortable for side sleepers.
Thanks to the space beneath the Bed Wedge, your lower arm can rest gently below you preventing your arms from falling asleep at night. The weight of your body is suspended by the Wedge and Insert Pillow, so you won’t wake up with a shoulder that’s stiff from being slept on all night.
Thanks to the arm hole beneath the Bed Wedge, your lower arm can rest gently below you.
Arthritis pain can be disruptive, causing you to miss out on sleep, which can in turn worsen arthritis symptoms: a painful cycle. Break the cycle by investing in a Shoulder Relief Pillow that offers gentle, consistent support, making it one of the best pillows for shoulder arthritis available.
Plus, the Shoulder Relief System isn’t just another pillow wedge. Invest in your sleep health today! If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to our team of MedCline Sleep Specialists at 800-610-1607. We are also available via email at email@example.com (M-F 8:00-4:00 PST).