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A Couple's Guide to Fibromyalgia

Getting Enough Sleep with Fibromyalgia

Getting enough sleep can be the bane of anyone’s existence. With many coping mechanisms and more, it can be said that not enough people around the globe are not getting enough sleep during the night. Those who have fibromyalgia are even more so exposed to this harsh fact. Improper sleep from fibromyalgia pain can result in relationship problems  and overall improper sleep for all of those involved. A different bed or other pillow might be needed by fibromyalgia patients, which is always something to consider. Having a set routine and proper bedtime if possible can assist in better sleep and a decrease in pain, as studies have shown throughout the years.

Eating foods that promote a better night's rest or a light snack as directed by a healthcare professional before bed can even help some patients catch better sleep throughout the evening. Foods rich in Omega-3 and foods with plenty of calcium can not only help pain management for some, but can promote a better night's rest. This can help both partners wake up more well rested and is an easy way to add vitamins into a diet. Knowing a partner's sleep schedule could also help, as disturbances throughout the evening can lead to a moody morning and hurt feelings if the problem is allowed to continue.

Great sleep can be accomplished for partners who have a loved one with fibromyalgia. Sometimes sleeping in separate rooms can create an issue for certain individuals, while others have found that it promotes a better night's sleep overall. Discussing these options with a partner could prove very useful if proper sleep is not being had.