Osteoarthrosis not only can lead to pain throughout the day, but it can also lead to sleepless nights. Sleep is important for overall health and lack of sleep can make osteoarthritis pain worse. It creates a vicious cycle. Now, how to prevent this? Here are some tips below.

• Heat therapy: This can help ease a painful joint right before bed. Use a heating pad 15-20 minutes before heading for bed.

• Look at your mattress: Sometimes, a bad or old mattress can cause pain flare-ups. Get a mattress with good support. If money is tight, you can invest in a mattress topper instead.

• Be strategic about pillows: The kind of pillow and where to use it can help alleviate pain. For example, a small pillow between your knees can help with knee arthritis.

• Look at your medications: Sometimes, restlessness can be a side-effect of certain medications, even those related to arthritis pain. Talk to your doctor about potential medication side-effects and see what your options are.

Osteoarthritis does not have to mean restless nights. Talk to your doctor if osteoarthrosis is causing sleep issues.

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