Investigating sleep disturbances in adults with rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Investigating sleep disturbances in adults with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Cheryl M Bourguignon and Susan E Labyak and Diana M Taibi},
  journal={Holistic nursing practice},
  volume={17 5},
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation and joint involvement. Most adults with RA experience sleep disturbances, including longer times before falling asleep, numerous awakenings during the night, and early morning wakening, resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue. This article will review what is known about sleep disturbances and the biologic basis in adults with RA, the influence of ovarian hormone levels in women with RA, how… CONTINUE READING