Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body. It is estimated that 2 percent of the American adult population suffers from fibromyalgia, with women being more likely to experience it than men.
In addition to physical pain, those who live with fibromyalgia often struggle with fatigue, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, and headaches. These are just some common symptoms reported by patients seeking fibromyalgia relief in Asheville.
People living with fibromyalgia can experience trouble staying asleep and falling asleep at night.
Sleep and fibromyalgia flare-ups can influence each other. Patients under regular care for fibromyalgia relief in Asheville share that the painful symptoms can sometimes prevent them from getting restful, quality sleep. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can aggravate the symptoms of widespread pain and tenderness they experience.
Lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold, and if this happens regularly, it can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. In addition, if you often experience disrupted sleep cycles, you may also experience excessive daytime fatigue.
Living with fibromyalgia does not mean you cannot find restful sleep anymore; it just means you must be aware of certain lifestyle habits that can help you get there. Don’t lose hope! It’s also possible for you to experience an improvement in your pain levels by increasing your hours of sleep.
Proactively finding effective ways to make your sleep patterns more restful and consistent may be vital in achieving restful sleep at night and eventually drifting off into deep slumber without interruption. For instance, maintaining a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time each night can help your body recognize it’s time for restorative rest.
We listed a few more tips you can try below to get better and deeper sleep at night and improve some of your fibromyalgia symptoms.
Avoid going to bed with a full or empty stomach. Avoid eating heavy meals a few hours before bedtime as it can make you uncomfortable and keep you awake at night. You must also avoid taking caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol before bed. Both caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and take a while to get out of your system; alcohol can make you sleepy but may cause disturbance in the middle of your sleep.
If you need to nap, avoid doing it late in the day, and it’s best to limit it to 30 minutes max. This is so you can maintain your set schedule to bed at night.
Engaging in regular movement and exercise promotes better sleep. Build a regular exercise routine daily to help you improve your blood circulation. When choosing a routine, ensure it’s something you can sustain for a long time, and avoid exercising close to your bedtime.
Your sleeping area should reflect a quiet and peaceful environment to support your rest. Try keeping your room clean, calm, and dark. Avoid using bright lights, which can only make your sleep more difficult. Instead, you may need to use room-darkening curtains for your windows, wear earplugs, use fans, diffuse aromatherapy oils, or try other things that can help keep you relaxed and get uninterrupted sleep. Doing some activities that help calm you down and relax may also help.
Improving your sleep can help you cope better with your fibromyalgia symptoms. But another way to achieve lasting fibromyalgia relief in Asheville, which can deliver promising results, is upper cervical chiropractic care.
Sometimes, a misalignment in the upper cervical spine, located in your neck area, can affect your brainstem and lead to its malfunction. For example, this misalignment can make the brainstem interpret distorted and abnormal signals sent from the brainstem leading to heightened sensitivity and disruption of your natural circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle).
Upper cervical adjustments work by realigning your misaligned bones to their proper position. When done correctly, these adjustments will allow the nervous system to send normal signals throughout the body once again and can eventually relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia and improve sleep quality over time.
You can book an appointment online to experience the promising results of upper cervical chiropractic care. Try it out and let the results speak for themselves.
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