Many fibromyalgia sufferers complain of trouble sleeping because of the pain and general discomfort they feel on account of their pain disorder. The typical problems fibromyalgia patients experience include insomnia, frequent awakenings, and difficulty falling asleep.
What often happens, is that fibromyalgia sufferers frequently awaken, but they don’t remember it- which means that they are not getting enough deep sleep.
Another layer is that many fibromyalgia patients also experienced sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Restless legs syndrome refers to a neurological disorder that is typified by a compulsion to move your legs while you are at rest. It has been found to be more common among fibromyalgia sufferers then the general population.
Focusing on improving your sleep hygiene can help you to better manage your fibromyalgia and that in turn improve your sleep quality. Improved sleep quality can help to eradicate fibro fog, which is the catchall term that describes cognitive difficulties that are associated with fibromyalgia.
Examine some of the following strategies to see if they make sense for you:
Medicine that treats depression and pain can also help to improve your sleep situation. Fibromyalgia drugs like Cymbalta or Lyrica are both available if you have been diagnosed. Pain relievers, antidepressants as well as muscle relaxers are also effective ways of managing symptoms and potentially improving the quality of your sleep.
Sleep disturbances are incredibly common in fibromyalgia patients. The effects of sleep disturbance can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms and as one research study demonstrated actually created the appearance of fibromyalgia symptoms in otherwise healthy people.
If you are experiencing sleep problems because of your fibromyalgia, it makes sense to consult with your physician to discuss your options.
While medication might be able to help you, it is typically not a permanent solution. The best thing you can do is to proactively manage the disorder as well as make an effort to increase your sleep hygiene. Try keeping a sleep journal, observing more regular sleep habits, explore relaxation strategies and it is likely that you will begin to enjoy an improved quality of sleep.