Best Lifestyle Moves for Fibromyalgia: Sleep and Exercise
Regular exercise and regular sleep. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Pain Free 1-2-3, who has suffered from chronic pain conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome himself, recommends getting at least eight hours of sleep nightly. Going to bed at about the same time each night, and getting up at about the same time each morning, and avoiding substances that can interfere with sleep such as alcohol and caffeine, can help regulate your sleep schedule, and help ensure that you get enough sleep so that you feel refreshed in the morning and more energetic during the day. Low-impact, daily exercise such as walking, stretching, swimming or water aerobics can be important for minimizing pain, maintaining range of motion, keeping up energy levels and reducing depression associated with fibromyalgia. Talk to your doctor about the best exercises for you.