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Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorders

Fibro Daily August 16, 2012

Sleep deprivation is a huge issue for fibromyalgia sufferers. The reasons for not sleeping at night are endless: unable to adjust body into a position that doesn’t irritate tender spots, breathing difficulties, sensitivity to noise, and anxiety over pain. The following list reviews some of the more common Fibromyalgia sleep disorders.

Common Fibromyalgia Sleep Disorders

Insomnia

Insomnia means that a person lacks the ability to sleep at all, or constantly wakes up from sleep. Insomnia in fibromyalgia patients is called secondary insomnia, as it only results from the Fibromyalgia. It causes extreme fatigue during the day, and often leads to drowsing when everyone else is awake.

Restless Leg Syndrome

A neurological order that causes excessive and uncontrollable movement in the legs, and which is more common among those with fibromyalgia.

Sleep Apnea

An issue that involves breathing interruptions while asleep, often resulting in snoring. It is common in those with fibromyalgia, and increases the chances of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

There are some ways to improve sleep disorders among fibromyalgia patients

The first way is to limit the amount of time in bed. Sleep when tired, and no other time. Don’t let others guilt you into sleeping because it’s good for you, because that creates a negative association with sleep, as you are not sleepy. Any time you cannot sleep, get up and read a book, watch TV, or do something else enjoyable. As long as you sleep enough to feel productive, it shouldn’t matter whether you get eight hours or not.

Second, avoid excessive napping. It is ok sometimes, but on a regular basis, it prevent the creation of a normal sleep cycle. Even if you go to bed later than everyone else, you want to try to establish the same late time for every nite, to synch your body.

Third, exercise as much as possible, in a way that does not cause pain that will keep you up at night. Yoga helps relax the muscles, and expends enough energy that creates a need for sleep.

And finally, ask about over the counter medications or prescriptions that might put an end to restless leg syndrome.

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