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Rees F, Doherty M. Aerobic exercise can improve sleep and pain in fibromyalgia. Practitioner 2017;261(1805):23-26

Aerobic exercise can improve sleep and pain in fibromyalgia

22 Jun 2017Registered users

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised by regional pain at multiple sites, non-restorative sleep and fatigue. In the UK, it is a common cause of musculoskeletal pain and significant disability, affecting around 2% of the population. It has a female preponderance with a female to male ratio of 7:1. Self-help strategies are important. There is strong evidence of benefit from a slow graded increase in daily aerobic exercise which can increase delta sleep and restore descending pain inhibition mechanisms. Sleep hygiene should also be considered to promote delta sleep.

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