Researchers have unveiled a link between poor sleep and fibromyalgia. Norwegian scientists have discovered that the risk of fibromyalgia increased as sleep problems became more severe.
The poor sleep and fibromyalgia association was especially true among middle-aged and older women.
Poor sleep has often been cited as a symptom of fibromyalgia, as it is with many diseases that cause pain. But is it possible that poor sleep may actually be a contributor to fibromyalgia?
According to one of the investigators, Dr. Paul Mork from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “Our findings indicate a strong association between sleep disturbance and fibromyalgia risk in adult women. We found a dose-response relation, where women who often reported sleep problems had a greater risk of fibromyalgia than those who never experienced sleep problems.”
Fibromyalgia was first recorded in 1904 and has grown into a health epidemic impacting around 6 million people in the U.S. alone. Women are almost nine times more likely to become afflicted than men.
If you suffer from poor sleep, please do not downplay the importance of addressing the issue. Proper sleep is essential to optimal health, energy, clarity, and longevity, and poor sleep is associated with many serious diseases.
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Sources: Sleep Problems and Risk of Fibromyalgia – Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2011