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Would better sleep help alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms?

Most people in Newark are able to go to sleep at night and wake up, ready for work. Perhaps they are not as refreshed as they would like to be or as rested as they could be, but they are still able to work and make a living for themselves. For some people, however, it is not quite so easy. Some people cannot sleep through the night; some are in so much pain that they can't hold down a job. For people with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain, it may be impossible to keep a job while in constant pain. For some, they may need to rely on federal disability benefits.

According to some new research, fibromyalgia may actualy be a sleep disorder. It appears that many people with fibromyalgia have problems sleeping and are frequently tired. There have even been studies in which people with fibromyalgia were given sodium oxybate, which would increase their slow-wave sleep. Many of the individuals had fewer fibromyalgia symptoms.

So, does that mean that all people with fibromyalgia have sleep disorders? No, it doesn't. Moreover, there are many people who are told they don't have sleep disorders but still complain of chronic pain. According to one physician, women, who are six to nine times more likely to have fibromyalgia, have more subtle sleep disorders than men. If they are not tested properly, they can't be diagnosed properly.

For some people with fibromyalgia, getting better sleep can help reduce symptoms. If doctors can't properly diagnose and then treat a condition, however, they can't help to improve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Is Fibromyalgia Syndrome a Myth? No, But It Just Might Be a Sleep Disorder," Gerard Meskill, Feb. 19, 2014

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