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Getting Sleep Relief from Fibromyalgia

Updated on December 28, 2013

SLEEP and its importance are often overlooked by a lot of people. In some occasions, sleeping is the only time when problems are not thought of. However, if you have insomnia and if you are suffering from fibromyalgia and you don’t do anything to resolve it, then short-term sleep persists.

Aside from the fact that the pain in fibromyalgia prevents you from getting that much-needed rest, your sleeping environment also affects the quality of sleep you will be getting. The mattress, the room temperature and the noise can all be barriers for a good sleep. And for fibromyalgia patients, all these barriers should be addressed to facilitate a better sleeping condition that will be conducive to a restful sleep. Setting up the room in just the right temperature and eliminating any possibility of noise disturbance can be a great help.

Another factor that could greatly contribute to a better sleep is the mattress. A comfy and soft mattress should be used by fibromyalgia patients to ensure that pain and stiffness in the muscles are temporarily relieved and sleep sets in. Below are some types of mattresses that are conducive for a fibromyalgia patient’s sleep.

Mattresses for Fibromyalgia Patients

Natural Form Mattresses

These mattresses specifically produced by Natural Form are made to relieve fibromyalgia pains. They produce self- adjusting air mattresses to provide comfort and assist patients’ general health.

Their mattresses have been tested clinically and are recognized to be the most therapeutic cushions. They have considered fibromyalgia symptoms such as joint and muscle pain so they intended the mattresses, which are widely used in treatment homes and hospitals, to soothe patients’ pressure points. Because of the product’s reliable benefit for pain, chiropractors and other specialists endorse their mattresses. Natural Form Mattresses believes that if the pressure felt on the spinal system is reduced, then the patient can be relieved from muscle aches and fatigue.

Fibro - pedic Mattresses

This kind of mattresses, which is made up of latex and memory foam, was developed by a Californian chiropractor named Rick Swartzbug. According to him the mattress “offers complete support of the spine, but feels instantly comfortable.” Swartzbug mattresses work by applying pressure on the patient’s body that will then help in eliminating these painful pressure spots.

The mattresses are also heat or non-heat receptive. A heat reactive mattress is a good choice since it softens according to your body’s temperature and it gives strong support and releases pressure.

Air Beds Unlimited

Air Beds Unlimited offers air mattresses that could benefit you and your partner as it is a dual- chamber mattress, which allows you to dial down your side of the bed. They can customize your mattresses with a setting appropriate for your comfort and needs.

These mattresses are intended to assist those who suffer from the debilitating pains of fibromyalgia. Sleep is an important part of a man’s day-to-day activities, and it is equally important that fibromyalgia patients get the same restful sleep too. Together with proper diet, regular exercise and recommended medication, these custom-made mattresses can help expedite your healing process.

Latest Treatments and Studies around fibro Syndrome

Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) has been known to the medical field for at least about half a century, but due to having no laboratory detectable physiological causes as well as the overlap of its symptoms with many other conditions, advances in research on treatment has historically been at a crawling pace. Since around the 80s though, interest and funding have gradually been growing towards studying what interventions are most effective, towards identifying the proper combinations of different modes of treatment and, eventually and ideally, towards the ultimate goal of finding a permanent cure.

Today, great strides have been made with more and more scientific and definitive studies being done and more and more effort and funding being poured towards overcoming or at least living with fibromyalgia. Interestingly enough, most if not all research touching on non-pharmaceutical or otherwise “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) agree that the most significant interventions are such simple things as a healthier lifestyle and a more positive outlook. Furthermore, more and more studies are venturing into and finding real potential in alternative medicines that were looked upon by most people with suspicion and disbelief just a few years ago.

Lifestyle and Outlook
The one thing most studies on the efficacy of different modes of intervention to address fibromyalgia symptoms agree on, is the importance of proper exercise in relieving the symptoms of FMS, especially the two most prevalent – pain and fatigue.

While this may, on one hand, be often dismissed as general advice for when there is nothing more scientific to say, or on the other hand, seem to be nothing less than a ludicrous suggestion given that the symptoms would ‘logically’ prevent the same, for the former, there is always of course a reason why clichés are clichés – because they usually have been proven through the test of time, circumstance, and downright stubbornness. For the latter, and also more scientifically for that matter, exercises ranging from stretching and relaxation/breathing exercises through to swimming and aerobics have been proven to condition both body and mind to better resist and reverse the factors that may cause or exacerbate symptoms associated with FMS.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Following the recent upsurge of visionary (or, paradoxically, retrospective) trains of thought, more and more researchers, study centers, and even government, through such as the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), have all shown a trend of scientific studies dealing more respectfully (and frankly more realistically) with traditional and otherwise more ‘unconventional’ healing methods.

Some, such as cognitive therapy, acupuncture and tai chi, already have existing scientific backing to attest to their efficacy in helping fibromyalgia patients. Others, such as herbal remedies, are still highly recommended, although care should be taken if in combination with more chemical medicine as the latter may cause undesirable interactions. One in particular, despite relentless, shall we say, ‘baseless debasing’, has been proven time and again to help with a multitude of serious conditions – medical marijuana.

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      Lee Stevenson 3 years ago from Portsmouth

      Thank you for the tips Abby, hope it can help others with this condition. ;)

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      Abby 3 years ago

      I've always called it "The Princess and the Pea" disease. I seem to get more sensitive with the years. The only drug that really helps me is Xyrem, (sodium oxybate) which enables me to get the deep levels of sleep I am not able to get on my own.