How can I get a good night’s sleep?
Fibromyalgia often disrupts sleep due to pain, restless legs syndrome, or other reasons. Try to set a sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day and avoiding naps. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine — maybe reading and a warm bath. And make your bedroom conducive to sleep by keeping it dark, cool, and free of distractions like TV and computers. This is called practicing sleep hygiene.
I’m overwhelmed by my fibromyalgia symptoms. What can I do?
It may not be easy, but you may have to become a little bit selfish. When you are pressured by too many demands, it’s time to learn how to say “no.” That means not accepting every invitation or going on every outing — you might even have to back out at the last minute once in a while. Your friends and family will understand when you just don’t have the energy for everything and have to put your own needs first.
Are supplements a safe way to treat pain and help me sleep?
Some studies suggest that certain over-the-counter herbs and supplements — such as 5-HTP, melatonin, and SAM-e — can help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Others disagree. Bottom line: Many supplements have not been researched as thoroughly as prescription medications for effectiveness and safety. It’s very important you talk with your doctor before trying any supplement. Some can have harmful results if combined with other drugs.
How can I get some stress relief?
Too much stress may trigger your fibromyalgia symptoms. Reducing stress may ease depression, anxiety, and fatigue and improve sleep. Make time for yourself every day to decompress and relax. Be sure to do something you love like read, listen to music, or take a walk. You may also want to use that time for meditation or deep-breathing exercises — whatever it takes for some guilt-free time to de-stress.