Why do you need fibromyalgia sleep remedies?
In order to stay ahead of fibromyalgia symptoms, sleep is crucial to our well-being. If we don’t get enough sleep at night, our body gets exhausted, which then intensifies the symptoms of this condition the next day. For that reason, the simple fibromyalgia remedies will help.
I know for myself fibromyalgia symptoms can bring an otherwise good day down to a halt. There was this one time where my daughter was going to be receiving an award for doing well in school. It was a great day, celebrations all around. But sadly I was in so much pain that I was not able to watch her receive her award.
Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. Many people have to cut back on activities as well as commitments because they are tired and in pain. I know for a fact that if our sleep was realized in its full potential, a lot of our symptoms could be cut down or even disappear.
What is Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia affects anywhere from 2 to 6% of the population. This condition usually affects women more than men. It starts during early adulthood or in middle-age. But it can occur at any time, even during childhood.
The common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Chronic headaches
- Mood swings
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Memory issues
- Low cognitive function
There a number of people with fibromyalgia who will experience sleep issues. Because people with this condition lack sleep, it contributes to a whole range of other challenges. These challenges could come in the form of mental, physical, or daily functioning abilities.
Inadequate sleep lowers our threshold of pain, meaning we are more sensitive to feeling the pain than people who do not have fibromyalgia. When we don’t get the sleep that we should, our sensory nerves become overactive, which lead to us experiencing pain.
Another thing we might experience when we don’t have enough sleep is undermining our coping abilities. We might become more emotional than others, which affects our emotional resilience. People who have fibromyalgia spend less time in deep, slow-wave sleep.
The 5 simple fibromyalgia sleep remedies I share with you today may help you cope and develop emotional resilience to get better sleep
Regular exercise can have many rewarding benefits for people whose fibromyalgia interrupts their sleeping time.
Some of the benefits of exercise are:
- Better sleeping at night
- Less pain
- Lifted fatigue
- Helps the brain to process pain differently
Exercise for fibromyalgia should be low-grade. It could be any type of movement that relates to moving around such as:
- Tai chi
- Physical activity
- Balance training
- Strength training
- Aerobic exercise
When people who have fibromyalgia, if we do any aerobic activity, our physical function responds reasonably quickly.
There are times where people who suffer from this condition become very inactive due to the pain of movement; this leads to them live on their couch.
You must be active. By being active, you promote better sleeping for yourself. There are functional chemical changes which take place in the brain when someone exercises. But the only way for these chemicals to be released into the brain is when we are in a deep sleep.
Individuals who have fibromyalgia sleep very little due to the pain they suffer from, this stops their body from restoring or repairing necessary hormones. The lack of repair in the body leaves it inadequate when it comes to rest time.
The best thing to do when starting to exercise is to go slow. Don’t jump into it and think that you can go at full speed. No, that won’t work. You’ll just end up tiring yourself out, which will make the pain worse.
That will definitely not help you sleep!
Back in my personal training days, I always got my clients to start out at 15 minutes of exercise per day. 15-minute increments were made every other week until they got up to an hour.
2. Reduce Stress
Physical and emotional stress can both affect your perception of pain. People who have fibromyalgia are more susceptible to stress than those who don’t have the condition.
In simple terms, stress will make in your body. When your body is weak, it’s hard to fight the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many researchers believe that if you reduce stress, you also reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as:
- Chronic pain
Releasing day-to-day tension is not easy to release as it may sound. I know for myself I am the mother of four children; they all need my attention. Sometimes those of us who suffer from this condition will often overload ourselves with day-to-day activities.
As parents or caretakers of others, in terms of priorities, we tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the list. When we push ourselves back like this, our sleeping takes a big hit.
I know for myself that if I don’t get all my housework done, children off to bed, I will not be sleeping. But lately what I’ve been doing is leaving the dishes for morning time. I also have a chore list for each of my kids.
Some ways to reduce stress are:
- Relaxation therapy
- Nice warm bath
- Make time for yourself
- Squeeze some brain stress ball
Just so you know stress isn’t the cause of fibromyalgia, but can definitely make it a whole lot worse. By making small easy changes, you can guarantee yourself a better rest at night, which leads to better stress-free days.
3. Make Your Bedroom Dark As Possible
Some people who have fibromyalgia end up sleeping on their coaches. Sleeping on a couch is already uncomfortable in many ways. Especially since people who have this condition need to change body positions for better sleep. Usually, our couch is in the living room, where light can stream in from many different ways.
The couch will not make good sleep possible!
According to a study done by the NCBI, there was a strong association found between low-level nighttime light exposure and depressive symptoms. The research helped to discover that sleeping in total darkness is perfect for sleep quality but also improves our mental health.
The researchers were able to measure nighttime light levels in the bedroom to see their reactions to having a complete darkroom or leaving lights on. The people who left a light on while they were sleeping showed depressive symptoms during follow-up while people who slept in total darkness had better mental health.
Sometimes it can get challenging to make your room dark at night, especially when the morning light starts to creep in in the early hours. I found that blackout curtains can actually create a nighttime atmosphere. Even when the daylight comes in, due to their curtain construction, no sunlight will get into your room.
4. Put Down Your Gadgets
This is an important one. I know the days that I browse my iPad or phone; I find that I stay awake a lot longer than I should. The next day I pay for it by an overload of pain. Pain isn’t the only issue, though, along with it comes to stress and making bad decisions.
If you’re anything like me at all, especially when it comes to YouTube, you know it’s hard to stop at one video. At least that’s the case for me. YouTube has a fantastic marketing scheme which goes from one video to the next and so on.
Of course, our gadgets are essential to us, but they interfere heavily with our sleep.
5. Invest In A Good Mattress
Since those of us who suffer from fibromyalgia sleep in many different positions at night. We need a mattress that provides excellent support as well as molds to our body to ensure better sleep.
Soft mattresses sometimes feel cozy and comfortable, but they offer less support for our spine, which can cause more aches and pains. What I have found is that mattresses that are constructed from memory foam provide a great combination of softness as well as support for fibromyalgia.
Each of our body curves is unique; memory foam will contour itself to make sure that our body curves are covered. By providing coverage, we have a more well-rounded pain-free sleep.
Some Final Words About Fibromyalgia Sleep Remedies
Sometimes you may need to visit your Dr. to find what other options you have.
Having said that, in my experience of having gone to fibromyalgia pain groups, I noticed that sleep was a considerable hindrance to day time activities of other group members. The most common discussions were around:
- Restless leg Syndrome (Read my post about weighted blankets and how they can help)
- Anxiety (weighted blankets once again can help)
One of the individuals in our group decided to tackle her sleep issues, made a world of difference for the rest of us.
Share in comments below how you find fibromyalgia sleep remedies.
Reading is my favorite thing to do. But other than reading, I enjoy discovering new techniques on how to do something in simpler methods. My daughter likes to call me the Renaissance woman. So I do have to live up to the name.
One of my main issues is sleeping, so I’m always searching for new ways to get a good night sleep, I’m more than happy to share them with you.
My posts are either geared towards pain or self-help. Pain posts because I suffer from ongoing cancer pain. In the past 6 years of my fight with cancer, I have learned many ways to deal with pain, especially when going to bed.
The self-help posts come from my work as a mental health counselor for over 15+ years. My background in counseling training is from UFV and RRU. I also have personal trainer certification from IFA, so I might throw in some exercise posts as well.