Fibromyalgia is a condition of unknown origin that causes widespread, long-term pain, stiffness and tenderness in muscles and ligaments. The vast majority of sufferers are women in their mid-20s to late-50s.
There is no known cause for fibromyalgia making a definitive diagnosis difficult. Healthcare professionals instead look at the symptoms.
In addition to muscle stiffness and pain, fibromyalgia can also cause wider-ranging symptoms, such as sleep problems, general fatigue, depression, headaches, numbness or tingling, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and an inability to think clearly.
Fibromyalgia and Sleep
Many times Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia are closely related.
Some researchers subscribe to the theory that fibromyalgia may be caused by a lack of deep sleep. Our muscles recover from the day’s activities during stage 4 sleep, during which the body truly can refresh itself. People with fibromyalgia never truly enter stage 4 sleep. Instead of sinking into the deep sleep enjoyed by most people, they remain in a lighter form of sleep.
One of magnesium’s leading benefits is a marked improvement in sleep.
Fibromyalgia and Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is common in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia sufferers. And since we know the ideal calcium/magnesium balance is crucial to muscle health, anyone with symptoms of fibromyalgia would benefit from increased magnesium intake.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. argues that magnesium is an important treatment for fibromyalgia because this key mineral ameliorates fatigue and muscle pain and helps to combat chronic fatigue syndrome by ensuring a deeper REM sleep as well as activating the ATP energy bundles in the cells.
Note that if there is no discernible improvement in sleep after introducing a high-quality magnesium supplement, such as Natural Calm, a melatonin deficiency may be underlying the chronic sleep issues. Magnesium activates melatonin. Some individuals don’t produce enough melatonin for the magnesium to activate, in which case we recommend using Natural Calm’s Heavenly Sleep liquid melatonin together with Natural Calm’s magnesium citrate at bedtime.