Living with Chronic Pain
Fibromyalgia Tips for Getting Up in the Morning
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are generally worst in the morning which does not make waking any easier. Harsher symptoms include: exhaustion even after a good night’s sleep, aching feet as soon as you begin walking, swollen feet, puffiness surrounding the eyes, morning stiffness typically in the arms and neck area, excruciating muscle pains.
Fortunately, these morning symptoms can be decreased with a few easy practices that will help you to get out of bed in the morning with less pain and difficulty.
Take a bath
Soak in a warm bath for at least ten minutes as soon as you wake up. In addition, you may experience the same relief by soaking in a warm bath before going to bed.
Watch your coffee
Skip the morning cup of coffee. Most people are in the habit of beginning their day with a steaming cup of coffee to get a quick jolt of energy when you’re still feeling tired. Unfortunately, caffeine should be avoided if you have fibromyalgia since it might interfere with your sleep cycle and cause other complications.
Engage in light to moderate exercises. While any form of exercise is uncomfortable when you suffer from fibromyalgia pain, it is greatly beneficial to incorporate light to moderate exercise into your routine. Quick walking, light yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics are considered to be the best options for exercise when you are suffering from fatigue and muscle pain. When you consistently move and exercise, your tender muscles will gain strength and improve flexibility, two principles that are critical for alleviating muscle pain and rigidity.
Find your sleep
Set a sleeping routine. Getting a quality slumber every night is one of the most critical components of lessening fibromyalgia pain. When you don’t get enough sleep, the detrimental symptoms of muscle pain, cramps, spasms, fatigue, and weakness get worse. It is recommended to set a fixed time to go to sleep and wake up every day. In addition, test out the more effective techniques to help you get a better night's sleep, including taking a warm bath at night, drinking a calming non-caffeinated herbal tea, performing a self-massage, exercising earlier in the day, or using essential oil(s).