The Connection between Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia

Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia

Many people with sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, experience fibromyalgia symptoms. Although Fibromyalgia symptoms can appear for many reasons, it is recognized that the main cause of the syndrome is sleep apnea. If you think that you or your loved one deals with sleep apnea and fibromyalgia, learn also how to get sleep apnea diagnosed with our at-home sleep test.

Learning About Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is most prevalent in females aged 30 to 50. Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain throughout the muscles and joints of the body. Pain caused by Fibromyalgia can last up to three months.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Inability to sleep
  • Sleepiness
  • Memory lapses
  • Depression
  • Inability to focus
  • Early awakenings

Causes of Fibromyalgia are not yet scientifically identified, but it is common to see it in patients who:

  • Have had recent trauma in their lives.
  • Have had their nervous system attacked by a virus.
  • Have trouble falling and staying asleep at night.
  • Have sleep-breathing disorders like sleep apnea or airway resistance syndrome.

Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia:

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation, which happens in patients who have sleep apnea, causes over-sensitivity to the central nervous system. If your nervous system is hypersensitive, you will decipher normal muscle activity as chronic pain. Although not all patients with Sleep Apnea experience Fibromyalgia symptoms, we do know that the two are correlated.

What to do if you Experience Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia Together:

There is good news for those who experience Fibromyalgia symptoms along with sleep apnea. Many patients who follow a sleep apnea treatment schedule see the symptoms of their Fibromyalgia dissipate. Sleep apnea treatment will promote sleep, which eliminates the symptoms of sleep deprivation. If you struggle with your Fibromyalgia symptoms and need relief, consider using Ion My Sleep’s at-home sleep apnea test to see if sleep apnea is the cause.

At Home Sleep Test:

If you think that you may suffer from sleep apnea, there is a way to get set up with a sleep treatment plan without leaving your own home. Ion My Sleep offers an at-home sleep test that computes your risk for sleep apnea. A sleep test mask is shipped to your house and you wear it for one night. The mask is shipped back in a pre-paid postage box to our facility.  Once your findings have been recorded, if necessary, you will be diagnosed by our board certified doctor over the phone. Once diagnosed, you will be able to purchase a CPAP machine and supplies to get you sleeping well again. Check out our at-home sleep apnea test today.