Deep sleep

When you're in the deep and deeper levels of Stage 3 and Stage 4 sleep, your body is completely relaxed and people have difficulty waking you up. Stage 4 is also known as slow-wave sleep because of the characteristic brain wave patterns of this stage.

During deep sleep, your heart slows down and your breathing becomes regular and relaxed. Your body also releases a small amount of growth hormone, which helps rebuild damaged tissue. Other hormones are also released, such as prolactin and melatonin.

If you don't have enough sleep and, consequently, don't spend enough time in deep sleep, the biochemical processes that are supposed to occur are aborted or may not happen at all. This is probably a key reason why the pain is worse for an FMS sufferer who's slept very little.

If you have trouble sleeping, one tactic that may help is simulating the breathing of a very deep sleep. Doing so may induce your tired body to slip into a sleep state. Try this: Lie down in a comfortable and quiet place. Take in a deep breath and let it out very slowly. Repeat several times. Concentrate only on your breathing and on nothing else. Don't worry about falling asleep, about your fibromyalgia, or work or family problems. Just breathe. Breathing is all that matters.

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