If you live with fibromyalgia, then you have heard of the crazy idea that in order to have less pain, you need more sleep. As it is, getting any sleep is difficult for someone suffering from chronic pain. If you need more sleep, there are ways to break the crazy chaos and establish a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
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Not getting the sleep needed when you need it
It first starts when you get out of bed in the morning – tired, stiff, and ran over most of the time. Your so hit by fatigue you could easily slip under the covers and catch a few more hours of zzz’s. One eye is on the clock as you move through the day waiting for the hour you can get back in bed for the night. Only, when the night comes, you find yourself wide awake staring at the ceiling and pondering over the details of the universe and everything contained within it. The same as last night, and the night before that, and the night before that. This cycle is known by fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers all over the world.
Tips to establish a healthy sleep-wake cycle
The best way to break this unhealthy cycle and establish a healthy, normal sleep-wake cycle is to put a few steps into place to establish good sleep hygiene. Try these 13 tips for quality sleep.
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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network.