Norwegian scientists have identified a relationship between sleep disorders and increased risk of fibromyalgia in women, especially in adulthood.
Fibromyalgia (chronic symmetric musculoskeletal pain) occurs in 2-4% of the population. As a rule, these are women aged 30-50 years.
The first symptoms of fibromyalgia are manifested in the middle of life. Fibromyalgia is usually accompanied by insomnia, frequent awakening and fatigue, but it has not yet been known whether sleep disturbance affects the development of this pain syndrome.
Fibromyalgia, chronic symmetrical musculoskeletal pain, occurs in 2-4% of the population, most of them women aged 30-50 years. The first symptoms of fibromyalgia, as a rule, are manifested in middle age. It is noted that fibromyalgia is usually accompanied by insomnia, frequent awakening and fatigue, but it is unknown whether sleep disturbance affects the development of this pain syndrome.
In a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, Norwegian researchers found the effects of sleep problems on the risk of fibromyalgia among women, accounting for 90% of patients with fibromyalgia. The study was attended by women over the age of 20 years in a large-scale public health research. Women were interviewed on health, as well as physical examination. Scientists have chosen among 12,350 women with symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders to participate in this study.
The analysis of the data revealed the relationship between sleep disorders and fibromyalgia in middle-aged women. That is, women who were reminded of any sleep disturbance were more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than those who had never experienced sleep problems. Moreover, among participants suffering from insomnia often or even permanently, the greatest risk of fibromyalgia was observed in women over 45 years of age. In women between the ages of 20 and 44, the risk of fibromyalgia due to sleep problems was somewhat lower.
Full sleep relieves pain
Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, falling asleep and frequent night waking, have a marked effect on health and can lead to many health problems. Even a slight increase in the risk of developing fibromyalgia, chronic pain, which is a significant concern for patients, due to sleep disorders, is worth asking for a doctor. Sleep disturbances, as a rule, are easily treated, and a complete sleep avoids many potential health problems and restores well-being.