ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

How Good Fats Prevent Heart Disease

Anti-inflammatory "No More Aches and Pains" Smoothie Bowl

The Bees' Best-Kept Secret: The Amazing Health Benefits of Propolis

Acupuncture: Why It Works

For women, healthy diets may help with mobility when aging

The Relationship Between Vitamin D and Insulin Resistance

High-Quality Whey Protein (in the Right Amounts) May Be Helpful for Weight Loss

8 Things to Consider for Depression

ACTION ALERT: Improve US chronic pain care

VIDEO: Living with Chronic Pain

 
Print Page
Email Article

Fibromyalgia and Sleep Deprivation: Fatigue Can Be Dangerous

  [ 431 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • May 12, 2003


By Nicholas Rummell

Source: Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (www.marrtc.org). Email contact: marrtc@health.missouri.edu. Reprinted with permission.

Judy Fry says her symptoms of sleep deprivation began long before she was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia in 1983. A hyperactive child, Fry said she would awaken 10 to 30 times a night, then have trouble getting out of bed the next morning.

Today, Fry says her sleeplessness feels like what a "normal" person would experience after 48 hours of insomnia followed by working a full day's shift. "You don't have the energy to make new friends. You also learn not to make plans, because 99 percent of the time you can't keep them," said Fry, 53.

That means Fry picks her free-time activities carefully. While holding down a full time job, she makes sure she saves energy for her favorite hobby, tagging hummingbirds for the federal government. Fry has tried various medications, but none seem to work for very long.

About 90 percent of people with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) suffer from consistent sleep deprivation, according to the Fibromyalgia Network, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.
Lack of sleep exacerbates the fatigue, stiff joints and depression common with fibromyalgia, a disease that affects 3.7 million people.

Sleep deprivation is not always immediately recognized, said Anne Winkler, M.D., medical director of the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical building's fibromyalgia program in Springfield, Missouri.

Some researchers say sleep deprivation lead to FMS, although the exact cause of FMS remains unknown. Winkler said she is not convinced sleep deprivation causes FMS but notes there is some clinical relationship.

For people with fibromyalgia, sleep difficulties can stem from the powerful medications necessary to counteract the severe pain that characterizes fibromyalgia.

DANGERS OF FATIGUE

Fatigue isn’t just a matter of being sleepy. Fatigue can be dangerous as well.

"People with FMS should be cautious about making long road trips, as well as operating heavy or dangerous equipment," said Winkler.
The four signs of fatigue include:

1. Lack of attention

2. Memory loss

3. Frustration with coworkers or friends

4. Poor concentration


In many cases, a person with fibromyalgia suffers from sleep disorders beyond insomnia. Adults with fibromyalgia may suffer from a lack of deep sleep as well as from constant waking throughout the night.

Deep, restorative sleep, also known as delta sleep, is the most crucial stage of sleep. It is during this stage that the body recovers energy and repairs muscle tissue.

Without delta sleep, a person with fibromyalgia might sleep eight hours yet wake feeling unrefreshed. This sleep problem can be difficult to detect - let alone treat.

In addition, a person with FMS may have traditional sleep disorders, as well such as apnea, or obstructed breathing, and periodic limb movement [including Restless Legs Syndrome].

"People should get checked out by a doctor," said Winkler. "Not only to properly diagnose fibromyalgia in order to obtain appropriate treatment, but because some of the associated problems, like sleep apnea, can be life-threatening."

© Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research & Training Center. All rights reserved. Visit the MARRTC website: www.marrtc.org.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function

Natural Remedies

Restore Youthful Cognition and Well-Being Restore Youthful Cognition and Well-Being
Coping When Colds or Flu Catch Up with You Coping When Colds or Flu Catch Up with You
Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound
Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems! Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems!
Vitamin K-2 – A Key Player in Cardiovascular and Bone Health Vitamin K-2 – A Key Player in Cardiovascular and Bone Health

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE 15% NOW*
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map