Fibromyalgia Makes You Tired, But Falling Asleep is Not Easy

Fibromyalgia Makes You Tired, But Falling Asleep is Not Easy
Sleep can be elusive to a lot of folks, but when you have chronic pain and/or fibromyalgia, it can be especially difficult. Not only can it make you crabby, but not getting enough sleep can cause serious health issues and/or make your symptoms worse. Sleeping when you are in pain isn’t easy. And if you can fall asleep, it isn’t for very long. How do you get comfortable when you hurt everywhere? For some, the answer is prescription drugs. For others, either medications don’t work or they would rather rely on natural methods. I had no idea how little sleep I was getting until I bought a fitness device. Besides counting steps, it also tracks sleep. Mine shows how long I slept, how many times I was awake and how many times I was restless. I know it isn’t the most accurate way to tell how much quality sleep you are getting, but at least gives you an idea. The first night I wore it, I supposedly slept all of 80 minutes. I’m pretty sure I slept more than that, but I could tell by the black circles under my eyes and the feeling of total exhaustion that I didn’t get much sleep at all. My goal has been to gradually increase the amount of sleep I get. I’m up to five to six hours a night, awake two or three times, and restless 20 or more times per night. This has been a good tool to track my progress. Besides trying to be as natural as possible, I still need to take medication to help with my pain, which then helps me to sleep better. The problem with some medications is that you build up a tolerance and you need to take more and more to get the desired effect. I worry that I will become dependent on the medication but, because of the recent developments with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling for doctors to avoid prescribing opioids for
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4 comments

  1. Sue Ritterman says:

    I think it’s the quality of restorative sleep that is important.
    I would imagine you would know that when you wake in the morning.
    I often wake during the night too. ?
    Don’t think a Fitbit for me would be helpful.

    • Carrie Anton says:

      Even though I knew I wasn’t getting enough quality sleep, I had no idea how little rest I actually was getting. Buying a Fitbit was a life changer for me. It got me motivated to increase my sleep and decrease the number of times I wake up during the night. I didn’t really make an effort before that. I just kept doing the same thing, which obviously wasn’t working. Just because it worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for others.

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