A Great Night's Sleep Makes All The Difference …

Especially For Those with Fibromyalgia

beautiful 35 year old woman stands in front of the windowWe’ve all heard that we need eight hours of restful sleep each night. The amount of sleep an individual actually needs will vary from person to person. A five-year-old might need 11–12 hours of sleep; an adult, 7–9 hours. Poor sleep has been linked to various health problems including depression, fatigue, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, and headaches. This is not news to those who suffer from fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. They already know that their symptoms get worse when they don’t get a good night’s sleep.


One study showed that college students who were prevented from going into deep (REM) sleep for a week developed the same symptoms as those with fibro and CFS/ME: diffuse pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, stomach disturbances, and headache. Another study, conducted by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, compared the sleep patterns and associated symptoms of 50 women with FMS. The study showed that a poor night’s sleep was followed by an increase in symptoms, including body pain.

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This increase in symptoms then went on to prevent the subject from getting a good night’s sleep the next night, even though the person was exhausted. For FMS/CFS patients, this cycle continues and creates a pattern of declining health. Research presented in June 2002 at the Endocrine Society in San Francisco showed that sleep deprivation markedly increased inflam-matory cytokines (pain-causing chemicals)—by a whopping 40%.


man headache on bedYour natural sleep hormone levels can also be decreased by NSAIDs. So besides intestinal bleeding, leaky gut, and an increased risk of heart attack, here’s another reason to avoid chronic use of NSAIDS. Other drugs that can deplete your sleep hormones include SSRIs like Celexa, Prozac, Effexor, Cymbalta, Savella, Lexapro, Pristiq, Paxil, Zoloft, and anti-anxiety meds Ativan, Xanax, Restoril, and Klonopin (benzodiazepines). Yes, the very same drugs used to help you with depression deplete your natural sleep hormones, preventing you from getting the deep, restorative sleep you need to make serotonin.


Other culprits that reduce your natural sleep hormones include anti-hypertensive or high blood pressure drugs, steroids, over 3 mg. of vitamin B12 in a day, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, evening exercise (for up to three hours afterwards), and depression. If you want to know how to consistently get a good night’s sleep, the key to reducing fibro pain, fatigue, low moods, IBS, RLS, and feeling good again, then you should take advantage of my new Fibromyalgia and Deep Restorative Sleep Program and the special limited time bonuses.


Poor sleep also affects your human growth hormone (HGH) levels, and low HGH causes further fatigue, reduced capacity for exer¬cise, muscle weakness, impaired cognition, depression, pain, and decreased muscle mass. Deep sleep, however, initiates the pituitary to release more HGH.

Eighty percent of HGH is produced during delta-stage sleep, so the best way to boost HGH levels is to get 8–9 hours of sleep a night.

If you have fibromyalgia, you know all too well that when you don’t get a good night’s sleep—which is often—you have more pain, fatigue, anxiety, foggy thinking, and depression.

Most of my patients haven’t slept well in years and have tried at least one sleep medi¬cine after another. Unfortunately, these medicines may work for a while then stop working. But no one has a sleep drug deficiency. These drugs have numerous side effects including increased risk of premature death. Most sleep drugs that don’t promote deep, restorative sleep-they may knock you out but they don’t help you build up your stress coping chemicals and actually deplete your natural sleep hormone melatonin. Because you are going into deep sleep you never feel rested and you are always rundown tired and susceptible to stress and flare ups.

These Drugs Are a Disaster For Those With Fibromyalgia

Lyrica (pregabalin), Gabitril (tiagabine) and Neurontin (gabapentin). These are sedating but rarely yield any pain relief in FMS or CFS/ patients. In addition, they are loaded with potential side effects including weight gain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, fibro fog, eye damage, and increased risk of diabetes. Zanaflex (tiza¬nidine) is a dangerous muscle relaxant causing liver damage. Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), Tranxene (clorazepate dipotas¬sium), Serax (oxazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Restoril (temazepam) are addictive benzodiaz¬epines with numerous potential side effects including anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain. tremors, and fibro fog.



Find out how you can be sleeping through the night in a matter a days and feeling better than you’ve felt in years.

Dr. Rodger Murphree’s Fibromyalgia & Sleep Program


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2 replies
  1. Tamara Iles
    Tamara Iles says:


    I would like you to know that I also have cervical/neck issues; a bulging disc, stenosis, spurs. This was found by a chiropractor a few years ago. Then I found out that I have the beginning stages of osteoarthritis with spurs here and there. I also have TMJD on top of the fibromyalgia. I had two of those epidurals for the cervical issues. I have tried herbals, and several of the medicines for fibromyalgia without any luck. I feel I was brushed off to pain management, but did not go until a few months ago. I work, and want to, but it is getting very difficult. I need another MRI, and of my back as well, I think….. This may get done by the end of the year. I do have a GI dr., and have been diagnosed with reflux esophagitis and IBS; however I have normal bowels daily…… The last endoscopy I had was over four years ago. I plan on having another within a few months. I am on only two medicines: 7.5 hydro 2x a day, not helping much. I recently have been prescribed xanax 1mg., by my PC.. I have been losing weight….. I feel like I am slowly dying. I do not sleep well. I pray a lot.

    God bless you for your work!


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