Not enough downtime in deep sleep

Even when you finally fall asleep, you may spend the night tossing and turning in the early sleep stages, and experience an insufficient time in the kind of deep, restorative sleep that your body truly needs. In fact, studies indicate that some people with fibromyalgia suffer from a lack of time in deep sleep.

The more you relax (which I know is often not easy!), the more likely you are to achieve a deep, restorative sleep state. Research has shown that, for some people, tricyclic antidepressants, such as Elavil, may help to prolong sleep stages 3 and 4. If tricyclic antidepressants don't work, Prozac (generic name: fluoxetine), another type of antidepressant, helps some people. (For more on these medications, check out "Taking prescriptions for sleepyland," later in this chapter.)

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