Fibromyalgia: Patients wake up more than 6 times a night

People with fibromyalgia also suffer from sleep disorders. At night patients wake up at least 6 times a night.

The vast majority of people with fibromyalgia have sleep disorders. And according to a Canadian study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, patients have specific sleep disorders. This disorder may be a new indicator of this difficult to diagnose pathology.

Fibromyalgia is in fact an unknown and poorly supported disease. However, it is not uncommon: between 2 and 3 million French people are affected. They suffer pain all over their bodies without being able to identify the source of these diseases, and these diffuse pains are linked to an attack of nerve fibers that transmit painful information or a change in pain control. Patients also complain of fatigue, anxiety and insomnia.

Patients awake 6 times a night.

To better understand the nature of sleep disorders in people with fibromyalgia, researchers at the University of Ontario (Canada) studied 132 patients, 109 insomniacs and 52 people without sleep problems. For 2 consecutive nights, his complete dream was recorded by polysomnography. Thanks to electrodes placed on the scalp and faces of the volunteers, the researchers were able to analyze the duration of sleep, cycles and different stages of sleep, as well as the time to fall asleep.

Restore a continuous dream.

This paper suggests that people with fibromyalgia do not have the same sleep problems as people with insomnia. By identifying these differences, practitioners can more effectively diagnose and treat these disorders. For fibromyalgia, treatment would reduce the frequency of waking episodes and maintain continuous sleep.

A study published in the    Journal of Neurophysiology    last February indicated that these sleep disorders originated in the thalamus, an area of ​​the brain that regulates sleep. UC Berkeley researchers have noted deep-wave abnormalities in sleep. But the latter could be restored thanks to a prescription drug for narcolepsy. A discovery that offers a treatment opportunity to restore sleep and relieve fibromyalgia.

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