Still Awake at Daybreak: Insomnia Increases My Fibromyalgia Pain

Still Awake at Daybreak: Insomnia Increases My Fibromyalgia Pain
I watched the dawn break this morning. This is an unusual occurrence for me. In case you're wondering, I didn't arise at 5:45 a.m. to witness this phenomenon — I was still awake from the night before. Sound familiar? Insomnia is the bane of my existence. Along with symptoms such as sleep apnea, unrefreshed sleep, fatigue, and tiredness, sleep issues are so common for those with fibromyalgia that the American College of Rheumatology included them in their revised 2010 diagnostic criteria. There is a direct relationship between a decrease in the number of hours I sleep and an increase in my pain levels. The less I sleep, the more I hurt. This is not a guess; I've tracked these numbers for decades. I often use my charts to console my aching body and assure myself that the next day will be better. Sunshine and exercise make all the difference to me. If I get my weary body out of doors to walk at some time near midday, my circadian rhythm resets itself. On those nights, I can expect six or seven hours of blissful rest before waking the following morning. Yesterday, despite a late morning walk, was an exception. The reason was a social event. Last evening, I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to meet and chat with several fellow writers for BioNews Se
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