#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 29: Brazzzzzil
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, USA Today reported on the steps the United States Men’s National Soccer team were taking to ensure their players were optimizing their recovery and rest time:
“Since the start of training camp last month, the players have been wearing wristbands that detect their sleep and wake periods, and characterize the quantity and quality of their sleep. That data are analyzed and applied practically.
If a player is struggling during training, was it because he woke up several times during the night? Or was it because he slept with his iPhone or TV on or used his laptop shortly before bed?
“It’s an interesting concept,” the team’s fitness director, Masa Sakihana, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Sleep can affect your reaction time and your performance.”
Sleep not only can affect an athlete’s reaction time and their performance, it can also affect the life of someone living with arthritis. For many people living with arthritis, “I’m so tired” is a common phrase – 80-100% of people living with certain types of inflammatory arthritis live with fatigue. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to combat fatigue and sleep for at least 8 hours.
According to the June 2007 issue of JointHealth ™ monthly, there are several causes of arthritis-related fatigue.
- Disturbed sleep, often caused by the pain associated with arthritis. This can lead to daytime tiredness.
- Inactivity, often due to the pain and swelling in joints and tissue associated with arthritis. This can lead to loss of strength and tone in muscles, which can make daily tasks more difficult.
- Pain, which can cause people to use up more energy to complete simple tasks, leading to fatigue.
- Medications, taken to control arthritis can cause fatigue; in fact, most arthritis medications list fatigue as a potential side-effect.