IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP PROBLEMS & FIBROMYALGIA…

Let’s talk about the sleep problems most Fibromyalgia patients suffer from ( including me).

The Sleep Foundation say that for people with fibromyalgia, the combination of pain and sleep disturbance is a double-edged sword: the pain makes sleep more difficult and sleep deprivation exacerbates pain. The good news is that reduction in sleep disturbance is usually followed by improvement in pain symptoms. This also highlights the importance of healthy sleep and to find a sleep professional in treating this disease.

Medical researchers have long sought to clarify the association between sleep disturbance and pain. Very little is known but a few key findings indicate that sleep and pain are intricately linked. For example, studies of patients experiencing pain after surgery show disturbed sleep, reduced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and a normalization of sleep as recovery proceeds. People with fibromyalgia may also experience an alteration in their patterns of slow wave sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep. In one study, researchers selectively deprived a group of healthy middle-aged women of slow wave sleep for a period of three days. In response, the women showed a decreased tolerance for pain and increased levels of discomfort and fatigue, suggesting that such sleep disruption may play an important role in the development of fibromyalgia symptoms.

In addition, sleep aids are widely and increasingly used by people with fibromyalgia, although their long-term effectiveness for alleviation of pain is doubtful. Further research is needed to understand the nature of the relationship between pain and sleep and to develop treatments that can help to improve both pain symptoms and sleep disturbance.

For me, personally I have a bit of a routine with my medication and how I get to sleep as I do suffer with sleep problems and there is no question that I feel worse on less sleep.

To try and get as much sleep as possible I take my Nortryptyline at 6pm rather than before I go to bed which was something the pain clinic told me to try. I have an afternoon nap or rest at 3pm every afternoon. If my pain does not disturb me to much I find this ritual works for me.

I go to bed every evening between 10-10.30pm and read using my kindle so I can see it without needing other lights on. I also have a small electric heat pad which I use for my low back before I go asleep. I also use a lavender pillow spray and lavender hand cream before I go to sleep.

What ritual do you follow when you go to bed? Tips on this subject could help another sufferer.

8 REASONS TO INCLUDE MAGNESIUM IN YOUR DIET FOR TREATMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA & OTHER CONDITIONS…

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I am sure most of us think of magnesium being something for your bones but it can also help with a number of other conditions from sleep problems to your mood.

1.I take magnesium in tablet form for my osteopenia as it can help to boost bone density, which is important in preventing osteoporosis and help make our bones less susceptible to fractures.

2. Chronic fatigue, or just generally feeling tired from lack of sleep can affect many of us (me included). But, according to Avogel UK, magnesium is also known to impact cellular and tissue integrity, and may even influence sleep.

Avogel UK explain that magnesium is required for the production and stability of something called the ATP molecule, which provides energy for basic bodily processes. These processes range from making enzymes to processing and transporting nutrients.

Another key role of magnesium is to convert the glucose in…

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WORLD SPINE DAY OCTOBER 16th – WORLDWIDE SPINAL HEALTH AWARENESS…

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Tomorrow, 16th October is Worldwide Spine Awareness Day.World Spine Dayhighlights the burden of spinal pain and disability around the world. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.

World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well being. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all feature as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

World Spine Day 2020 will focus on getting people BACK ON TRACK to revitalize their spines and restore spinal health and well being. This campaign will be the spinal public health event of 2020. World’s Spine Day vision is a world of healthier spines – help us to get the world get BACK ON TRACK!

An estimated one billion people worldwide suffer with spinal pain…

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