People with fibromyalgia also suffer from sleep disorders. At night, patients wake up at least 6 times a night.
The vast majority of people with fibromyalgia have sleep disorders. And according to a Canadian study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, patients have specific sleep disorders. This disorder may be a new indicator of this difficult to diagnose pathology.
Fibromyalgia is, in fact, an unknown and poorly supported disease. However, it is not uncommon: between 2 and 3 million French people are affected. They suffer pain throughout the body without being able to identify the source of these diseases, and these diffuse pains are related to an attack of nerve fibers that transmit painful information or a change in pain control. Patients also complain of fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia.
Patients wake up 6 times a night.
To better understand the nature of sleep disorders in people with fibromyalgia, researchers from the University of Ontario (Canada) studied 132 patients, 109 insomniacs and 52 people without sleep problems. For 2 consecutive nights, her entire dream was recorded by polysomnography. Using electrodes placed on the volunteers’ scalp and faces, the researchers were able to analyze sleep duration, cycles and different stages of sleep, as well as the time to fall asleep.
Restore a continuous sleep.
This document suggests that people with fibromyalgia do not have the same sleep problems as people with insomnia. By identifying these differences, professionals can diagnose and treat these disorders more effectively. For fibromyalgia, treatment would reduce the frequency of waking episodes and maintain continuous sleep.
A study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology last February indicated that these sleep disorders originated in the thalamus, an area of the brain that regulates sleep. Researchers at UC Berkeley have noticed deep wave abnormalities in sleep. But the latter could be restored thanks to a prescription drug for narcolepsy. A discovery that offers a treatment opportunity to restore sleep and alleviate fibromyalgia.