Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints. Patients with fibromyalgia that also have sleep deprivation suffer a double edge sword; the pain makes sleep more difficult and the sleep deprivation exacerbates the pain. Studies have shown that the disruption of sleep may play an important role in the development of fibromyalgia symptoms, such as a decreased tolerance for pain and increased levels of discomfort and fatigue. It has been found that a reduction in sleep deprivation is usually followed by improvement in pain symptoms. This highlights the importance of healthy sleep for patients with fibromyalgia.
For more information, call the Sleep Disorders Center at Floyd Memorial Hospital at 812-949-5550.