Anyone is susceptible to fibromyalgia, a common and chronic syndrome that causes bodily pain and mental distress. If fibromyalgia pain is making your mornings difficult, follow these 7 simple strategies for better sleep and more pleasant mornings.
People with fibromyalgia suffer from non-restorative sleep. This means they can sleep a full 8 or 9 hours, and wake up feeling as if they haven’t slept at all. In addition, fibromyalgia patients suffer from stiffness and pain in the soft tissues, which makes movement extremely uncomfortable in the morning. Try the following tips to soothe fibromyalgia pain and ease into your morning.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to lessen morning pain, stiffness, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia is by taking a warm shower or bath. Warm water in the morning will help to relax muscles and offer a decent amount of instant relief. Rheumatologists recommend you stay in the warm water for at least 10 minutes for maximum relaxation.
Consuming the following substances can disrupt good sleep, which can make pain and morning stiffness even worse. Many experts agree that caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol will exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms due to their stimulatory effects on the body, especially if consumed just prior to sleep. Therefore, we recommend you avoid or cease the consumption of these substances as soon as possible.
Getting a good amount of quality sleep might be the most important step in minimizing morning pain and stiffness for fibromyalgia patients. In order to achieve longer and better sleep, follow these following tips:
Whether you are suffering from fibromyalgia or not, having a sleep schedule and sticking to it creates a pattern for your biorhythm and can improve sleep quality. However, due to the sleep disruption seen in fibromyalgia, this is not always possible. As a result, some doctors suggest patients to emphasize more on the time they get up in the morning and not so much the time they go to bed. Since the time one gets up in the morning is a strong determiner of one’s next 24-hour circadian rhythm, including the time the person is likely to fall asleep the next night.
Many patients with fibromyalgia use this natural supplement to get a good night’s sleep. Melatonin pills are available over-the-counter and have been shown to improve sleep hygiene in those who suffer from chronic syndrome. You can also enhance your natural melatonin production by being outside in sunlight during the daytime and dimming the lights at night a few hours before bedtime. This helps to regulate the normal secretion of melatonin.
Gently rubbing your own shoulders, neck, arms, and back immediately upon rising in the morning will help loosen your muscles and ease morning stiffness and pain. Try a self-massage routine after you take a hot shower or bath in the morning for optimal impact on fibromyalgia pain.
By incorporating either or both of these ancient stretching exercises into your morning routine, you can reduce morning pain due to fibromyalgia. The general practice of yoga and tai chi helps minimize morning stiffness in the morning due to the physical stretching aspect. These routines are particularly important to adopt as you age.
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