This study showed what we have known for years. That in those with chronic widespread pain (e.g., fibromyalgia), getting good solid restorative sleep is associated with pain relief. Don't underestimate the role of sleep in making your pain go away! Whether you use natural sleep aids like an herbal supplement that promotes healthy sleep (if you are achy and tired but just can't fall or stay asleep) and/or a sleep-support supplement that helps maintain healthy cortisol levels (if your mind is wide awake at bedtime), or sleep medications from our therapy protocol list, getting 8 hours of sleep a night is key to pain relief. This is why it is the "S" in our SHINE Protocol!
Read "Tips for a Great Night's Sleep" to learn how to get solid sleep — even if you have insomnia!
Restorative Sleep Predicts the Resolution of Chronic Widespread Pain: Results from the EPIFUND Study
K. A. Davies,1 G. J. Macfarlane,2 B. I. Nicholl1, C. Dickens,3 R. Morriss,4 D. Ray5 and J. McBeth1
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Rheumatology Advance Access published online on October 7, 2008. Rheumatology, doi:10.1093/rheumatology/ken389
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.