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New Research Confirms Link Between Fibromyalgia and Poor Quality Sleep

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Although there is an established link between fibromyalgia pain and poor quality sleep, it’s not clear about which actually happens first. What is clear, however, is that those with fibromyalgia need to improve their sleep.

July 31, 2014

Greenbank, Australia – July 31st, 2014 /PressCable/ — A recent UK study has shown without a doubt the connection between poor quality sleep and fibromyalgia. The
study was conducted on over four thousand adults over the age of
fifty over a span of three years. The main purpose of the study was
to find the cause of widespread and chronic pain in that particular
age group.Although there were other contributing
factors such as lifestyles and stress levels, poor quality, or non
restorative sleep appeared most often in those participants whose
pain either appeared or increased significantly over the three year
period.Although this finding was significant,
the study was unable to prove whether poor sleep was a cause, or as a
result of, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Did the pain prevent
restful sleep, or did the lack of restorative sleep cause the pain? People with fibromyalgia experience
less time in the deep sleep, regardless of the total amount of sleep
experienced each night. This is because the typical theta brain waves
of the deep sleep stage were being interrupted by alpha brainwaves
which were linked to an awakened state. Most of the body’s internal
repairs, including muscle repair, are carried out during the deep
sleep stage, so it is quite likely that pain could be brought on over
time by lack of deep sleep.This theory was given further credence
by an experiment where healthy adult volunteers were woken up during
the deep sleep stage over a period of time. Many of these people
started displaying fibromyalgia symptoms of pain and chronic fatigue.Regardless of this chicken and egg
situation, improving sleep in people with fibromyalgia could only be
of benefit. Their pain levels would likely improve and they would
also have more energy. The problem is most prescription sleep
medication has no effect on deep sleep levels. It can only
increase the time spent asleep.The challenge is to increase the time
spent in deep sleep. This can be partly achieved by stress reduction
and physical exercise. Diet can also play a part in improving the
quality of sleep.A recently published fibromyalgia book
also expands on ways to improve on sleep quality and many other tips
to get rid of chronic pain. It is available at Amazon at

Contact Info:
Name: Wendy Owen
Organization: Natural Health Books
Phone: 61732001690
Address: 21 Callistemon Ct, Greenbank, Qld, 4124, Australia

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