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Has your pain increased recently? Has your sleep changed? Are there special circumstances that cause your sleep to be more disturbed than usual? Resolve these issues, because restored sleep leads to reduced pain. Medication dosages may need adjusting. Most standard sleep medications will increase the duration of sleep but fail to increase the length of deep restorative non-REM sleep. Other measures may be taken to improve sleep quality. If snoring of a sleeping partner disturbs your light sleep, sleep in another room. If your problem is back pain, switch to a reclining chair and use a soft foam collar to support your head. If you snore, ask your physician to prescribe an inexpensive positive pressure breathing device. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D.)

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