Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder characterized by widespread pain throughout the body and tender points in the soft tissues. More than 90% of affected people are women, and furthermore, they almost always report that they have had trouble sleeping. According to a study conducted in Norway, if a woman experienced insomnia and other sleep issues, she was more likely to develop fibromyalgia 10 years later.
The study observed 12,350 women, at least 20 years of age, who did not have fibromyalgia, muscle or bone pain, or any other physical impairment at the start of the study, which began in the mid 1980s. By the mid 1990s about 3% of the women had developed fibromyalgia.
Compared with the two thirds of the women who said they had no issues sleeping at the beginning of the study, the women who said they had trouble sleeping “sometimes” had twice the risk of developing fibromyalgia. For women who said they “often or always” had sleep issues, the risk was three and half times greater. The strongest link was among the women who were 45 years old and up. They had a fivefold increased risk of developing the disorder if they had sleep problems.
Although researchers don’t fully understand the biological mechanisms and other factors that could contribute to developing fibromyalgia, the correlation between poor sleep quality and pain is evident. Be sure to get the amount of sleep recommended for you age group, as seen in this blog post.
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