8 Ways to Alleviate Morning Stiffness

Morning stiffness is an issue for many people, but those of us with fibromyalgia find it even more problematic. Depending on the position you sleep in or the quality of your sleep, you may be more or less stiff on any given day. According to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association there are a lot of things you can do to alleviate morning stiffness. 1. Start writing One suggestion is to write down your concerns, issues, to-do list, etc., at night so they don't keep you awake. Tossing and turning over issues you're wrestling with will wreak havoc on your sleep quality. 2. Bundle up Keeping warm is essential in helping prevent stiffness. Having enough blankets, using a space heater and covering your windows should provide you with a warm and comfortable sleep environment. MORE: Seven physical therapy treatments to try if you have fibromyalgia 3. Take a hot shower Standing under the hot water of a shower helps to not only relax those stiff muscles, but will also get your blood circulating. It's a relaxing way to wake up in the morning. After you've warmed up from the shower you can try some deep knee bends while holding on to a chair or counter for balance. 4. Watch your diet Eat healthy foods that contain few ingredients. Avoid toxic ingredients like artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, and simple carbs like white flour and wh
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