How to Get Better Sleep Naturally and Combat Fibromyalgia

Learn these techniques for better sleep and better health with natural sleep aids to help manage chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

| March 8, 2013

The original, best-selling guide to treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery, 2001) is a guide to help alleviate the baffling, often dismissed symptoms associated with severe, almost unrelenting fatigue. The following excerpt focuses on natural remedies and how to get better sleep, including good sleep hygiene, lifestyle modification and natural sleep aids, all improving sleep to create a better managed illness and a healthier, happier you.  

You can buy this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: From Fatigued to Fantastic! 

In addition to causing growth-hormone deficiency, pain, and immune dysfunction, poor sleep also contributes to the average thirty-two-pound weight gain most patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia report. In a study of 68,183 women, followed over sixteen years, those sleeping five or fewer hours per night had a 32 percent increased risk of gaining thirty-three pounds relative to those who slept seven hours per night.

It is absolutely critical that people with CFS/FMS get eight to nine hours of solid sleep each night, without waking or without feeling “hung-over” the next day. Sound sleep is the goal and, hard as this may be to believe, it is attainable using these suggestions.

The Basics: Good Sleep Hygiene

Although poor sleep hygiene is not a major problem for most people with this disease, it is the major cause of poor sleep for most Americans, and it is important to address this first. The following are some things to consider in learning how to get better sleep:

• Consume little or no alcohol before bedtime.

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