Sleep problems with fibromyalgia include insomnia or difficulty falling asleep as well as frequent awakenings that you can remember the next day. An even more common problem is awakenings that you don't remember but that definitely interrupt your "deep" sleep. Also, other sleep disorders -- such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea -- may be associated with fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia talk about waking up day after day feeling exhausted with no energy. Usually, they feel more tired in the morning, and many go back to sleep during the day to ease their fatigue. Also, it's common for people with fibromyalgia to have great difficulty concentrating during the day, a condition called "fibro fog."
The key component in managing fibromyalgia is to ensure you receive enough sleep. That of course is easier said than done some nights. After a particularly restless and sleepless couple of days due to family stress, I was at my whits ends one evening. I kept thinking, "If I can just calm my body down before sleep, I'd be able to sleep." But it was useless. No matter what self-help mediation prompting I used, my body was just too out of sorts to grasp it.
Recently, a friend wrote down a website, Gail Kenny Life Coach. She explained her focus is on the mind-body pain experience. She is an actual pain coach. She specializes in pelvic pain, but I was assured this free
meditation encompasses all types of pain. In a fit of desperation, I went to the website and signed up for her emails. I was immediately sent a free audio "The Pain Relief Program."
I have been ensuring Gail and I are together each evening before I lie down to sleep. The tape is approximately 20 mins. and has a residual effect the more you use it. I also stop it before all that "blue water" invigorates me again. Give it a try each night and see if your sleep time increases, mine has. I can come to the bedroom all wound up and by the time I finish the audio my body is super relaxed.