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IRD IA – Get a better night’s sleep

Get a better night’s sleep by Moving more:

Sleep disturbance and fatigue are commonly reported symptoms in those with inflammatory arthritis. Exercise interventions have been shown to improvement sleep quality [1]. Similarly, there is moderate level evidence from studies on the general population that regular physically activity improves sleep[2-3].

Quality of evidence:

Grade B – Moderate Quality

Strength of recommendation

Grade 1 – Strong Recommendation


Sleep disturbance is common and there is moderate strength evidence that physical activity and exercise intervention improve sleep quality.


  1. Durcan L, Wilson F, Cunnane G. The effect of exercise on sleep and fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized controlled study. J Rheumatol. 2014;41(10):1966-1973.
  2. Department of Health. Start Active, Stay Active. In: Strategy; 2011.
  3. Kredlow MA, Capozzoli MC, Hearon BA, Calkins AW, Otto MW. The effects of physical activity on sleep: a meta-analytic review. J Behav Med. 2015;38(3):427-449.


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