I found a very useful article entitled “The Relationship Between Fibromyalgia & Sleep Apnea, and How to Live With Both” by Adrienne Dellwo on About.com Guide.
Here is an extract:
Fibromyalgia and abnormal sleep breathing commonly go together. Sleep apnea is considered a possible cause or contributing factor for FMS, and FMS may increase your risk of sleep apnea.
Any sleep disorder can make FMS symptoms worse, so treating sleep disorders is often a big help in managing FMS. Sleep apnea is one of the more serious sleep disorders because it can lead to life-threatening conditions.
What is Sleep Apnea?
So far, we don’t know why fibromyalgia and sleep apnea go together. It’s possible that apnea-caused sleep deprivation contributes to the development of FMS. It’s also possible that lax connective tissues associated with FMS may make airway obstructions more likely.
Some symptoms of fibromyalgia and sleep apnea are similar, which can make it harder for you to detect and for your doctor to diagnose. Shared symptoms include:
* Unrefreshing sleep & excessive daytime sleepiness
* Difficulty concentrating
* Personality changes
Sleep apnea symptoms that aren’t associated with FMS include:
* Episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep
* Loud snoring
* Dry mouth upon waking
* Snorting, gasping or choking that wakes you up
* High blood pressure
If you have FMS and notice these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of sleep apnea.