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The real reasons why fibromyalgia and body aches are worse in the morning

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If you experience body pain, muscle aches and notice that your fibromyalgia is worse in the morning, there may be several reasons why you feel this way.


You have probably noticed that your fibromyalgia and body aches are more prominent in the morning. Muscle stiffness and pain is a common issue for many fibro sufferers who point out that their symptoms tend to be worse right after they get up. If you hurt more in the mornings, then you may want to pay attention to these reasons.

Sleep problems and fibromyalgia

One of the main reasons why fibromyalgia symptoms are worse in the morning is because of sleep problems. This condition can affect your sleep, so insomnia, sleep apnea and other problems are common. After a disturbed night with tossing, turning and pain that you cannot ignore, you wake up with extra body aches and stiffness. Studies show that fibromyalgia pain may be reduced with supplements such as melatonin.

Morning muscle pain and muscle cramps

Another reason why your fibromyalgia and body aches are worse in the morning is because your body becomes stiff during the night. You are not using your muscles and joints while you are in bed trying to sleep. As you try to stretch after waking up, this contributes to the pain you feel in the morning.

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Falling magnesium at night

You may not be aware that research shows magnesium levels in your body decrease at night. A study from the Department of Biochemistry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons that was published in the journal Metabolism reveals that magnesium levels can vary and fall in the evening. This can contribute to poor sleep, headaches, fatigue and blurry vision. Moreover, low magnesium levels may increase your fibromyalgia symptoms.

Studies show that many fibromyalgia patients are deficient in magnesium, and previous research has established that a combination of magnesium and malic acid may help reduce pain. Malic acid is an organic compound that is found in fruits and vegetables. It has a sour taste and is also used as a food additive. Magnesium is a mineral that is also found in many foods such as nuts, seeds, whole grains and dark leafy greens.

Relieving body aches and fibromyalgia pain in the morning

If you suffer from excruciating pain in the morning and find it hard to move because of the stiffness and aches, then you may want to try several strategies to find relief. First, you want to focus on getting a good night’s sleep and fighting insomnia. Second, you may want to avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other stimulants before you go to bed since they can affect your sleep and make you more tired in the morning. In addition, you may benefit from gentle stretching exercises in the morning and a warm shower or bath that can provide pain relief.

Whether your whole body aches from fibromyalgia or you suffer from stiffness and muscle pain, you may notice your symptoms are worse in the morning. It is important to pay attention to your sleep habits and magnesium levels to fight this pain.