They say sleep is very important to function. They say that we can lose weight if we sleep well. They say that we need around 6 hours of sleep a night.
Unfortunately people suffering from chronic pain and many who suffer from Fibromyalgia can only dream about sleeping well.
It’s the quality of our sleep which can have an impact on every part of our lives.
Sleep deprivation affects every part of our body, and so there are a maze of suggestions, meditation hypnosis, products and pills, that they say can help you to get to sleep.
The trouble with Fibromyalgia sufferers like myself, it’s not ‘going off’ to sleep, that we have a problem with but the ‘staying asleep’ that is impossible for us.
Numbness is quite a common thing to wake up Fibromyalgia patients, nerve entrapment is another.
What you have to remember is that insomnia, is not a disease but a symptom, which is something that you experience.
However chronic pain and Fibromyalgia worsen sleep difficulties. With chronic pain, alpha rhythms often intrude, especially into delta sleep, disrupting your sleep.
Lack of sleep can then lead to chronic fatigue, chronic pain is also exhausting and can leave to more fatigue and together they can leave you feeling very tired.
Tired enough to fall asleep wherever you are standing, tired enough that you cannot drive, read or even write. Someone who has never experienced this type of fatigue will be unable to grasp how it feels.
It can be life changing/threatening to a chronic sufferer.