Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition, in which an individual suffers from muscle and joint pain. The condition is pretty common through the world, and is most found in women than men.
The symptoms of the condition include ache in different parts of the body,, tiredness, muscle soreness, the kind of feeling you have after you workout. When suffering from Fibromyalgia, you will feel like you have pulled or overworked your muscles.
A lot of people suffering from Fibromyalgia complain achiness and pain in shoulder joints, neck hips and back
How are Fibromyalgia and Sleep Related?
People suffering from Fibromyalgia often have sleep disturbances. The constant pain causes them to wake up during the night. In fact, sleep disturbances is also one of the most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
There are different stages of sleep. When a person falls asleep he or she is most likely to move from one stage to another every 80 to 90 minutes. To be exact, there are usually 5 stages of sleep, with 3th and 4th stage as the deepest. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is considered as the deepest phase of sleep. This is when an individual starts dreaming and it is the same stage when our body recovers and releases growth hormones.
According to several studies, people suffering from Fibromyalgia are not able to achieve the deepest stages (the 3rd and 4th stage) of sleep., as a result of that they are easily awakened during the night. Since these individuals find it difficult to get to the REM sleep, the recovery process barely takes place, which is the reason why they experience constant joint and muscle pain.
There are several ways to treat Fibromyalgia but the most common amongst them is the use of Painkillers and Anti-depressants. Ask your doctor to prescribe you the med that best suit your condition.
Taking meds can really help bring down the pain and stress level, which will eventually help in getting a good night’s sleep.