How can fibromyalgia affect my sleep?

For folks with fibromyalgia, falling asleep, staying asleep and sleeping deeply can be a struggle. So much so that quality sleep is more the exception than the rule. Sleep disorders like restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea are more common in people with fibromyalgia.

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Most people with fibromyalgia (FM) have an associated sleep disorder that prevents them from achieving deep, restful, restorative sleep. Medical researchers have documented specific and distinctive abnormalities in the Stage 4 deep sleep of people with fibromyalgia. During sleep, individuals with FM are constantly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity, limiting the amount of time they spend in deep sleep.

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