If not treated properly, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that can disrupt life in a variety of ways, including disrupting sleep and productivity.
Achy, tender joints aren’t exactly sleep-inducing, and once the noises of the day quiet down, pain can seem intensified. Even if pain is not an issue, stiffness and limited range of motion can keep you from getting comfortable in bed.
Stiff joints with limited range of motion can decrease the desire to be active. Arthritis may cause a decreased ability to exercise or even walk. The lack of activity could cause unhealthy weight gain, which could exacerbate OA symptoms and lead to other complications—including an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Many people miss multiple days of work per year because of chronic joint pain. Arthritis also can result in a decreased ability to perform normal everyday activities such as household chores, cooking, or getting dressed.