positive effect on RA-related morning stiffness.
Another option is to plan an afternoon rest time. A midday nap provides some people with RA the energy they need to power through the rest of their day.
Talk with your doctor about how revising your schedule can help with RA fatigue.
Balance Rest with Activity
When you have RA, getting adequate rest is particularly important. However, it’s still crucial to your health to be active.
Doing too little physical activity can lead to fatigue, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Do some light exercise every day to keep your joints in shape and avoid muscle deterioration.
Physical activity can help people with RA manage their fatigue. Regular exercise can also make it easier to get a good night of sleep.
Look at Your Sleep Schedule
People with RA may have special challenges when it comes to sleep. You may experience:
- Having a hard time falling asleep due to pain
- Waking up due to pain before you’ve gotten enough sleep
- Waking up frequently from pain while trying to sleep
Difficulty sleeping at night can make you feel drowsier during the day. Consider resting and taking daytime naps.
If you’ve already tried to make lifestyle changes, such as exercising daily and changing your rest schedule, talk to your doctor about sleep aids and evaluation for sleep apnea.
Those with RA may tire more easily than those without it. Try to make choices about how to spend your time and energy efficiently.
Conserve your energy by skipping certain physically strenuous activities. Conserving your energy during the day may make it easier to do other more important activities later on.
It’s important to address your rheumatoid arthritis fatigue. By consulting with your doctor and following these tips, you’ll have a better chance of managing your RA and enjoying your daily life.