13 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Fibromyalgia

  • Consider getting a sleep study. “If you have frequent interruptions in your sleep, daytime drowsiness, unusual movements during sleep, snoring or breathing pauses, and/or difficulty falling/staying asleep that you believe are not due solely to your fibromyalgia, you should discuss these symptoms with your primary-care physician or sleep specialist,” said Dr. Clete Kushida, medical director of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center in Stanford, California. Sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder are all common comorbidities in fibromyalgia patients. The diagnosis and treatment of these disorders can improve sleep.
  • Take an afternoon siesta. For those who are able to nap, “I do recommend a brief nap in the afternoon around 1 p.m. or so, something along the lines of a 15-minute or half hour nap – no more than that,” Doghramji said. “If you nap more than that, it can actually disrupt your next night’s ability to sleep well.”
  • Wind down and relax for a couple of hours before going to bed. Read a non-stimulating book. Meditate. Listen to calming music. Take a warm shower or bath to relax your muscles.

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