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Fibromyalgia, CFS & Sleep Issues: 4 Things You Should Know

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Tired of tossing and turning in bed? Exhausted and fatigued, yet unable to get to sleep or stay asleep? Fibromyalgia, CFS & sleep problems go hand in hand. Here’s 4 things you should know that may help make a difference in getting to sleep-  and staying asleep.

Ahhh Sleep (Remember It?)…

We all know the importance of sleep, and how sleep helps us to heal, reduces stress and brain fog (and many other great qualities -let’s face it, sleep rocks!).

Did you know that there is a complex relationship between depression, anxiety and sleep, too?

I have SO been there regarding insomnia…for over 9 years, in fact. And I know that I was far from being alone!

study done into sleep issues and fibromyalgia showed a whopping 88% of participants stating that they had some sort of sleep issues.

Other studies show a connection between poor sleep and increased pain – a nasty cycle, indeed.

And then, for many of us, there is the medications that we have tried…some may have worked, others haven’t…and of course there are the side effects (from weight gain to rotting teeth, to horrible metallic tastes and grogginess in the mornings, to name but a few).

‘The upside to insomnia is, there’s only 3 more sleeps til Christmas’ – Joke!

Cracking the (Sleep)Code

However, for me… I cracked it! Finally!

That’s right.  No more wanting to scream in utter frustration (and exhaustion), as my husband’s (and the cat’s) snores infiltrate the night.  I have also been able to reduce injuries and accidents and even brain fog. (Let’s face it, when you are sleep deprived, accidents and brain fog? They happen.  Big time).

And…no more sleep meds!

What I found out (and did something about), was that it wasn’t just one root issue causing my sleep problems – but many. Some of them actually were very easy to resolve, too! And naturally!

Here are the 4 things I found out (and rectified) that may be causing you sleep issues…

1. Your Medications May Be Interfering With Your Sleep

I remember it well, just like it was yesterday…falling off the toilet in the ensuite on a regular basis at night, when I first started taking Tramadol and it kicked in (and my husband sleeping through it all – but that’s another story…).

Never in a million years did I realise that it was actually this same drug that was not only causing my insomnia and sleep disturbances in the end – but also my seizures and blackouts.

I spent NINE YEARS in a zombified, exhausted state, popping sleep meds like they were candy in my desperation to get some shut-eye! (And to no avail…because I was also continuing to take the Tramadol…).  When you look forward to having an operation because you are going to be put under and sleep…out of sheer desperation…that was where I was at…

In fact, many of us struggling with chronic pain issues are on opiate medications such as codeine, morphine and Tramadol…and although initially they can knock us out, once our body gets used to them?  They can be a prime suspect for insomnia and sleep disturbances!  Truth!

Read my about how opiates affect sleep by going here.

Opiate medications also can cause:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Vivid and often disturbing dreams and nightmares
  • Risk of illness
  • Risk of injury
  • Emotional instability


Why not try our 3x HealthLine Award Winning 8 in 1 Tracker App, FibroMapp App out? FibroMapp tracks medications, sleep, pain, symptoms, mood, fatigue, a journal and much more – plus creates PDF reports for you and your doctor, too! Available on Google Play, Kindle and iTunes. Find out more HERE!


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2. Your Mattress Possibly Needs Replacing

Did you know that you should replace a mattress every 7 years?  So how often should we replace it if we’re practically LIVING IN IT day in and day out?  As replacing it every 7 years is based on using it only at night!  My guess us around every 3 years, if you’re spending most of your time in it…

When is the last time you replaced your mattress?

The number of issues a poor mattress causes regarding not providing proper support goes beyond the inability to get a good sleep.  Hip, back and neck pain, to name just 3 issues!

Buying a mattress in a shop obviously allows you to try it out first – but let’s face it, trying a mattress for 5 minutes is not a huge indicator as to whether or not the mattress is going to be comfortable – let alone help with pain and sleep.  You need to road test it…!

Mattress Matters

Look for a mattress/mattress company/shop that allows you to have at least a month (or more) of a no quibble return policy.  Your mattress is an investment!  Make sure it suits you well.

Everyone is different regarding their requirements and comfort – for example, some people swear by memory foam, others (myself included) find it hot, uncomfortable and doesn’t provide the support needed.

And then there is the issue of ‘the other half’ – what might be comfortable and suitable for you, might not be for them!

However…if you are in the UK there is a solution to this issue! And a mattress designed specifically for chronic pain!

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In the UK?

The N:Rem Sleep System mattress has been designed specifically for chronic pain.

The unique designs allows you to  arrange the foam slabs based on firmness and YOUR comfort zones (not to mention a completely different set up for your partner’s side!).  And you can rearrange it as much (or as little), as is required.

In fact, 94% of chronic pain users found a difference with this mattress.

“I would recommend this system to anyone. I have fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. I have gone from little to no sleep to 6-8 hours sleep.”  P. Tipping

With a 100 night trial, and a £1 a day payment option – no matter what size – this mattress rocks!

And what rocks even better?  If you mention the code FIBROMAPP, you get a £30 discount (so basically another free month!!!). Plus free delivery, too!

And if you don’t like it, no problem – they pick it up for free!

Check out the N:Rem Sleep System website here!

This mattress has made a huge difference in sleep and comfort for myself and my hubby – in fact, it has completely eradicated our hip pain.

N:rem Mattress


3. Toxicity Affects Sleep

If you have been following my blogs recently, you will know that I have been banging on about toxicity – and for good reason.  Bottom line is we are born toxic, we are subjected to over 80,000 toxic chemicals and substances A DAY in our food, body care products, water,and and and…

If you don’t think that all this toxicity isn’t directly affecting your health, think again..the impact is huge…

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Toxicity from heavy metals, fungus and parasites are just 3 reasons why your sleep might be affected.

If you struggle with sleep and by mid-morning, early afternoon you are exhausted, it’s a key indicator that your liver function is struggling due to toxicity.

Heavy metal toxicity can come from things like your tuna fish and your drinking water, fungus such as Candida overgrowth is a huge issue for many people with fibro and CFS.

And then there are…


If you have a family pet, do gardening, have eaten pork or fish (currently, or in the past), or have travelled abroad (as just a few examples), then there is a good chance you have at least one parasite infestation.  In fact, the CDC warns that millions of Americans have parasites.

BTW – the build-up of toxins in your body tissues that cause digestive problems and joint pain, and the word “neurotoxicity” is used to refer the toxins in your nervous system that cause neurological disorders, including headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and cognitive difficulties.

Make no mistake, toxic overload is a key root issue in many health conditions, including fibromyalgia and CFS – and sleep issues..

Find out more about toxic overload, and the symptoms here. (ps. these symptoms read like fibro and CFS!).


How Toxic Are You?  Take the Free Quiz HERE!

Reducing Your Toxicity

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This product gently detoxifies the liver, improves sleep, can help with mood, fatigue, brain fog – even can help with blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, too!

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4. Adrenal Fatigue/Cortisol Issues

Does this sound like you?

  • “I get tired too early in the evening.”
  • “As soon as I try to go to sleep, I’m wide awake for hours.”
  • “If I do get to sleep, I never feel like I’ve slept. I am never refreshed in the morning.”
  • “I can barely function at all in the morning, but I perk up in the evening and feel better. At night, I can do work, I can actually think.”
  • “I can usually fall asleep okay, but I wake up like clockwork every few hours.”
  • “A couple of hours after I go to sleep, I’ll wake up. I’ll feel both exhausted and wide awake as if I’ve had three cups of coffee.”

Chances are you might be struggling with adrenal fatigue, and the ‘flight or fright’ hormone cortisol and it’s direct effect on Circadian Rhythm.

You can find out more about Adrenal Fatigue on this page, aptly named ‘Desperate for Shut-Eye’.

Several of the all-natural herbs in the product I use (on an ongoing basis) for toxicity are also fabulous for levelling cortisol levels, probably one of the reasons it really made a difference for me (and thousands of others, too!) regarding not only sleep, but pain, brain fog and much more.

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We all know how important sleep is for our health in so many ways.  If you’re interested in other products that might help make you more comfortable, check out my Top 5 Best Sleep Products blog.

When you are struggling with fibromyalgia, CFS and chronic pain sleep can be elusive at best.  Hopefully these 4 things I mentioned that may be causing your sleep issues might be of assistance in helping you to look at options to help you get your sleep back on track.

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