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Fibromyalgia and Sleep

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Fibromyalgia is best known as an illness that causes chronic, widespread body pain. Although pain is the predominant feature, the four primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive problems (fibro fog).


Most people with fibromyalgia have an associated sleep disorder that makes it difficult for them to get the deep, restorative sleep they need. As a result, they do not wake up feeling rested or refreshed. Studies have documented that the Stage 4 sleep of FM patients is repeatedly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity, limiting the amount of time they spend in deep, restorative sleep.

Cort Johnson recently reported on Health Rising’s 2014 Sleep Survey which asked people with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS to rate the effectiveness of various drugs, supplements and sleep practices. Hundreds of comments on the drugs surveyed – as well as other drugs – flowed in. They’ve now been incorporated into two new resource sections.

They indicate how creative the ME/CFS/FM communities have been in trying to get good sleep. Hormone therapy, Zoplicone, LDN. dopamine and even stimulants work for some people. Others use intriguing combinations of drugs and supplements.

Find out more in:

ME/CFS and FM Patients on Drugs For Better Sleep

ME/CFS and FM Patients on Drug and Drug / Supplement Combinations For Better Sleep

Thank you, Cort Johnson and Health Rising, for this important information.

ProHealth is pleased to share information from Cort Johnson.  Cort has had ME/CFS for over 30 years. The founder of Phoenix Rising and Health Rising, he has contributed hundreds of blogs on chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and their allied disorders over the past 10 years. Find more of Cort’s and other bloggers’ work at Health Rising.

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  1. Caha says:

    I am disappointed that you did not address sleep aids that are not DRUGS. I have had ME/CFS & FM for 28 long years. I am now bedridden/homebound and very severely ill. After some years of exposing myself to sleep drugs and their hangovers and bad side effects, I found that I can easily put myself to sleep by listening to “Recorded Books,” either with earbuds so as to not disturb my spouse or listening to speakers on a player when I’m alone. The stories take me to another place and I forget worries, pain, etc, thus allowing my body and brain to relax. Of course I do not select stories full of violence, blood and guts – just interesting fiction and non-fiction. Recorded books can be found free at your local library and through the Braille Institute Library Services (if you are disabled and with visual impairment-ask your library for the forms to complete to qualify). I have the volume very low and I set the player to turn off in 1/2 hour. If I wake during the night, I simply turn on the player and continue listening, resuming sleep within a few minutes. I wake in the morning with NO drug hangover or side effects. I would like to know why you did not cover sleep aids that did not involve drugs and/or supplements. I am curious to know if others have suggestions not involving drugs/supplements. There must have been others – why not report on them too???

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