In the United States, more than 12 million people suffer from the aches and pains of fibromyalgia, according to WebMd. If you are a woman between the ages of 25 to 60, you have a ten times increased likelihood to be plagued by fibromyalgia than you would have if you were a man.
For fibromyalgia sufferers, finding the right mattress is especially important. Of course, it’s not just about finding the right mattress for shoulder pain. You also need to find the best mattress for side sleepers or back sleepers, as the wrong mattress for the way you sleep can also serve to exacerbate any shoulder and/or back pain you have as a result of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia, in the past more so than today, was considered a mysterious disease. Its sufferers were often misdiagnosed or diagnosed late after many doctors appointments and episodes of widespread pain. These days, however, fibromyalgia is better understood. Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder typecast as widespread musculoskeletal pain. The pain is accompanied by aches, memory problems, mood fluctuations, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
Fibromyalgia and Sleep Problems
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the intersection of sleep disturbances and fibromyalgia pain is a “double-edged sword”. “ The pain makes sleep more difficult and sleep deprivation exacerbates pain,” the NSF explains.
The pain experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers can be exasperated when pressure is placed on specific tender points on the body. These tender points are located all over the body and include locations such as the:
- Top of the shoulders
- Area between the shoulder blades
- Sides of the neck
- Upper area of the chest
- Back side of the head
- Sides or upper portion of the hips
- Inner sides of knees
- Outer elbows
Because of the pain associated from pressure to these tender points, patients with fibromyalgia often complaining of being tired, even though they may have had a full night of sleep.
Can a Mattress Help with Fibromyalgia?
Without a doubt, sleeping with fibromyalgia can be problematic, particularly when the pain is widespread and chronic. While obtaining treatment for the underlying causes of fibromyalgia pain is the first all-important step, several suggestions can help your obtain the benefits that sleep provides for the body even when you are hounded by fibromyalgia pain.
For many people with fibromyalgia, the hardest part is getting comfortable while sleeping. And, for people who prefer to sleep on their sides, this can be especially problematic. For people who have fibromyalgia and who sleep on their sides, the best mattress for side sleepers is often a medium firm to firm mattress.
Other tips for sleeping as noted by WebMD, include focusing on sleep hygiene. Things like keeping a regular bedtime schedule, keeping your bedroom at the best temperature for sleeping, and avoiding heavy meals, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol before bed can help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep.
All in all, regardless of preferred sleeping position, one of the best mattresses for fibromyalgia (if not THE best) is a high-quality natural latex mattress, which provides the contouring and comfortable support that cradles the body of fibromyalgia patients, and relieves pressure from any trigger points.
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