When we’re sleeping, our brains are actively working to process the information from the day in to our long-term and short-term memory. Good sleep not only helps our bodies and minds to rest and repair, it allows us to perform better too.
What happens when you sleep with Fibromyalgia?
Many Fibromyalgia sufferers say they feel lucky if they reach 5 hours’ sleep a night. Do you ever find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle? Pain makes it difficult to sleep, but sleep deprivation means the body can not repair itself - making the pain worse.
Lack of sleep also causes stress, lack of coordination and agility, weight gain and poor judgement. The last thing that a Fibromyalgia sufferer needs.
How to drift in to a restful slumber:
Resist the afternoon caffeine rush:
It will take your body up to 7 hours to process only half of the caffeine in your cup of coffee. We know it keeps us awake, so try to make your last caffeinated drink before 2pm to give your body chance to process it before you hit the hay.
Set a bedtime:
Train your body to feel tired and awake at the desired times by going to bed at the same time every night, even at the weekend. It will help you to fall asleep faster, sleep for longer, and wake feeling more refreshed.
Keep your cool:
When you sleep, your body temperature naturally drops. Keeping your bedroom cool (not cold) should help to ease you in to a deep sleep. The ideal temperature is between 18-21C.
Ditch the screens:
Your body will not produce enough melatonin (sleep hormone) to help you sleep if your brain is stimulated by the blue light emitted from your phones, laptops and TV screens. Stop using electronics at least an hour before bed. A good book and some soothing music is a far better option.