I treat a number of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. They often come to me with chronic insomnia, and difficulty staying asleep throughout the night. Even when they do manage to get a decent night of sleep, my patients with fibromyalgia tell me they still feel exhausted and worn out the next day.
The fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia affects their work lives, their social lives, and their relationships, and compromises their quality of life. So often, I hear these patients talk about needing to cut back on activities and commitments they want to pursue, because they’re tired and in pain.
I thought of these patients recently, as new research has been released with some promising news about how to treat fibromyalgia and its sleep problems. Two recently published studies show that a couple of sleep therapies I’m particularly interested in—mindfulness meditation and Vitamin D—may have particular effectiveness in helping people with fibromyalgia improve their sleep, as well as reducing the severity of other fibromyalgia symptoms.
Before we dive into the latest news on sleep treatments, let’s