Fibromyalgia Sleep-Wake Cycle

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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.
13 tips for quality sleep #fibromyalgia #beingfibromom
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Did you know adrenal fatigue could lead to a poor sleep-wake cycle?

A large percentage of the people that are stuck in a poor sleep-wake cycle also suffer from adrenal fatigue. What does that mean for fibromyalgia sufferers?

Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Fatigue: What does it mean for fibromyalgia sufferers? #BeingFibroMom #adrenalfatigue
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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. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

12 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia Sleep-Wake Cycle

  • February 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Brandi, This is some wonderful information. I have a friend who suffers from fibro and I’m so excited to pass this news and link on to her. Thank you.

    • February 10, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I love to hear about someone passing information along to others with fibromyalgia! Please let me know if either of you have any questions! I’m always here to help.

  • February 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I have heard of the connection of these two before and really think you can find some relief with natural healing from both. Great share there are so many who suffer with this.

    • February 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, I also believe natural healing can help with both. Not everyone can seek comfort in natural healing, so hopefully this information can help. Thanks for reading!

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  • March 19, 2015 at 3:59 am

    It is a vicious cycle. My sleep isn’t consistently good but it’s better than it was when I worked full time. Being more physically active with my little one helos. But then Remicade nights are awful as I have hardly slept in spite of getting Benadryl today. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Will pin tomorrow to our linkup board.

    • March 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

      My sleep has improved when I changed some of my nightly habits. It’s not great, but better is good. Being physically active with the kids does help as long as I don’t overdo it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • March 21, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Hi Brandi,

    I’m a friend of Tanya’s and I came across your articles and blogs on her Pinterest board. I also have fibro and I’d like to invite you to share your articles with us at Create With Joy (I host several parties a week – Inspire Me Monday and Friendship Friday would be particularly suited for your health articles).

    I have a number of readers in my community who also deal with fibro and other chronic health issues who would benefit from this info and would love meeting you as well!

    Have a wonderful weekend as we ring in spring! 🙂

    • March 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to connect during your link parties. Thanks for inviting me!

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