A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research has examined patterns of 24-hour exercise and sleep among patients with arthritis rheumatoid, lupus, and knee osteoarthritis.
In the 172-participant study, four profiles were apparent with differences seen as an variations over time spent sleeping (High and Low sleepers), non-ambulatory activities (High Sitters), and ambulatory activities (Balanced Activity).
Younger age, lacking an operating job that involved lots of sitting, and having outside walking as a habit were each related to Balanced Activity in accordance with High Sitters.
Considering these profiles could be useful in efforts to simply help people who have arthritis modify their sleep or activity behaviors.
“All of us live our everyday lives over twenty four hours, and our study unearthed that people with arthritis will likely have certainly one of four distinctly different patterns for how they allocate amount of time in sleep and many different activities throughout their day,” said lead author Lynne Feehan, PT, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. “This implies that a one-size-fits-all way of supporting individuals with arthritis to change their daily sleep or exercise choices might not be appropriate.”
Alison Hoens an individual partner with this scholarly study, noted, “As someone living with arthritis rheumatoid so that as a physical therapist, the findings with this study resonate with me strongly. The recognition that patients, with similar diagnoses even, are ‘not most of the same’ speaks to the potential of tailoring support from healthcare providers to encourage healthy sleep, rest, and activity that align with a patient’s habits and needs.”