Donna Gregory Burch wrote an article entitled 13 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Fibromyalgia. This article is important to me, and I’m sure many of you, as many people with Fibromyalgia struggle with sleep. My sleep struggle has actually been present since I was very young; yet, others notice their quality and quantity of sleep decrease around the same time their Fibromyalgia symptoms begin to appear.
I could write a book on disordered sleep and how to make your bedroom most conducive to sleeping. However, none of these things really help me as I still struggle to not only fall asleep but stay asleep. An important thing to note though is that although they may not work for me, it does not mean they won’t work for you. If you are struggling with sleep and you don’t have a regular bedtime routine and bedroom set up appropriately, that could be part of the problem.
Ms. Burch, in her list of thirteen tips, talks about how to establish a bedtime routine and how your bedroom should be set up. I highly recommend that if you don’t have these two in place, that you follow her suggestions. They are spot on. If you follow these, and the other suggestions that Ms. Burch provides, I would request a sleep study. Having a sleep disorder IS common with fibromyalgia but they come in many forms and only a sleep study could determine what it is.
If you’ve gone through all of Ms. Burch’s suggestions and are still struggling, let’s set up a time to chat. I have had to go through all of these plus more. I still struggle with sleep a lot (it’s probably what affects me most right now); but, I’m happy to offer suggestions and more helpful tips then what is offered here. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.