Fibromyalgia – Poor Sleep Quality and Chronic Fatigue

Key Symptoms of Fibromyalgia 

  • Widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints 
  • Chronic daytime fatigue/ sleepiness
  • Brain fog or “fibro fog”
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Migraine headaches
  • IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Cognitive and memory problems
  • Mood disturbance such as depression and anxiety

Facts on Fibromyalgia

  • It is estimated that 2 to 10% of the population suffers from fibromyalgia
  • 20% of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from depression and anxiety.
  • Fibromyalgia has very similar set of symptoms to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. The key difference is, in fibromyalgia, fatigue & lack of energy take a backseat to debilitating muscle pain.

Poor Sleep Quality

  • Non-refreshing or non-restorative sleep (less deep sleep, increased lighter stages of sleep, and frequent arousals during the night)
  • Restless legs syndrome 

Improving sleep amongst those suffering from Fibromyalgia

Improving sleep amongst those suffering from Fibro will usually reduce pain and fatigue and improve daytime functioning.