Fibromyalgia and a good night’s rest go together like oil and water. Well, for at least 80% of the people who suffer from fibromyalgia this is true. Below are some of the sleep disorders which are associated with fibromyalgia:
Alpha EEG Anomaly
This disorder effects deep sleep. Those who suffer from it find it very difficult to obtain a good nights rest. The name derives from the activity in the brain which hinders the deep sleep. When the brain should be in deep sleep, it acts as if it’s awake and produces alpha waves.
Sleep Apnea causes stoppages in the breathing of the sufferer. This only happens when they are asleep.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
The pain of fibromyalgia can be so severe in the lower limbs that while in bed the sufferer must move their legs to alleviate the pain.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
The PLM disorder occurs when the sufferer is in deep sleep and their limbs move. This also can cause disturbances in a persons sleep.
Brixism is another form of involuntary movement. Bruxism simply means “teeth grinding.”
As stated in many of these blog posts on fibromyalgia, WebMD has a lot of information on the subject. We recently received the following slide show on how to get a good nights rest in out e-mail box. Check it out by clicking here.