Part 3 of 5 Part Series – Dealing with Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorders
Sleep problems are one of the most common complaints among women with fibromyalgia. A lack of sleep, especially high-quality sleep, can leave you prone to stress, fatigue and more pain because you will be less resistant to it. Experts believe that those who have fibromyalgia sleep for shorter periods of time and their sleep is dreamless making it less refreshing and restorative.
Being in pain can make it difficult to get comfortable enough to sleep. Even if sleep comes, it may be hard to stay asleep. Some women also experience restless leg syndrome. Others find themselves sleeping too much; studies now show that regularly getting 9 or more hours of sleep per night can also be unhealthy.
Other sleep problems include a physically tired body but racing mind. Or having dreams so vivid it wakes the person up. Some women also find themselves getting up several times in the middle of the night.
It doesn’t take long for sleep deprivation to take its toll. Those with fibromyalgia often report a lack of mental sharpness which has been termed ‘fibro fog’.
Fortunately there are many natural ways to get a good night’s sleep despite having fibromyalgia. These methods are referred to as good sleep hygiene. They entail getting into a routine that signals to the body and mind that it is time to go to sleep. A pleasant sleeping environment can also help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
In terms of routine, don’t use your bedroom as a den or office. Turn off your TV or computer every night and head to the bathroom to perform rituals which will signal it is time to go to sleep. These will usually include brushing your teeth and washing your face, changing into sleepwear, and so on. They might also involve a warm shower or bath.
Avoid drinking large amounts of liquid at night and visit the restroom before tucking in for the night so you will be less likely to wake up in the middle of the night.
Your bedroom should be cool, not cold, with nice sheets and pillowcases that are not too scratchy and a cover that is not so heavy you have a hard time moving around when you sleep. Set a regular bed time and wake up time, and stick to those times, even on week-ends. Get your FREE full report on additional natural tips to help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Try some of these suggestions and those in the FREE report and see what a difference better sleep can make in reducing the fibromyalgia pain you experience.