I’m Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Sleep for Fibromyalgia

I’m Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Sleep for Fibromyalgia
Few people are more aware of the importance of sleep than those with fibromyalgia. Even without clinical studies to verify that the lack of non-REM sleep (the stage during which muscles relax) is directly related to total body pain, we all know that if we don’t sleep, we hurt. Sleep difficulties are so closely related to fibromyalgia that it was once considered to be a sleep disorder. For many patients, diagnosis and treatment of their particular disorder go a long way toward relieving their suffering. I wasn't quite so lucky. My husband reported that my snoring was becoming problematic for him, so I went to see a neurologist. Two sleep studies confirmed that I had sleep apnea, and a CPAP device was prescribed. Sadly, I awoke with a painful, swollen face after the first night of wearing it. My unusually narrow nasal passages couldn't handle all the air pressure from the machine. As a result, the air invaded my sinuses, producing this painful situation. However, for others I know, this device greatly improved their health and their marriages. It's an option to consider — whether or not you have a bed partner. Without the benefit of this treatment, I sought
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