Daytime Naps May Not Benefit Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Daytime Naps May Not Benefit Fibromyalgia Symptoms
When patients with fibromyalgia nap during the day to cope with their symptoms, their symptom severity may actually increase, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. A collaborative team of researchers in New Zealand, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Germany gathered data from an online questionnaire distributed to 1,044 adults with diagnosed fibromyalgia and noticed that frequent and longer naps taken during the day corresponded to greater symptom severity. "Given the common use of daytime napping in people with fibromyalgia, evidence based guidelines on the use of daytime napping in people with chronic pain are urgently needed," stated the authors. Before this study, no other groups had investigated the benefits or detriments of daytime naps on patients with fibromyalgia. The research team was help by the Fibromyalgia Association UK and FibroAction UK to distribute advertisements about the researcher's questionnaire. Responses were collected for half a year, beginning in September 2010 and ending in February 2011. The questionnaire gathered data on age, sex, and other population descriptors, as well as measures to assess daytime napping behavior. From these data, the researchers divided the patients into two categories: those who regularly napped and those who napped less frequently than once a day. As described in "Daytime Napping Associated With Increased Symptom Severity in Fibromyalgia Syndrome," the majority of daily nappers did so during the afternoon with
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