is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain
and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to many other disturbances including fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.
People with fibromyalgia talk about waking up day after day feeling exhausted with no energy. Usually, they feel more tired in the morning, and many go back to sleep during the day to ease their fatigue. Also, it's common for people with fibromyalgia to have great difficulty concentrating during the day, a condition called "fibro fog."
Much of the symptomatic pain caused by fibromyalgia is due to lack of stage IV sleep, the deepest and most restorative type of sleep, which allows muscles to heal the damage that occurs during the day. One of the things that happens during stage IV sleep is that lactic acid is purged from the muscles. In people with fibromyalgia, stage IV sleep is interrupted, and thus this never occurs.
Past customers' report that their DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket help stop this sleep interruption. They often state they have never slept so well and it carries out through the day.
The cause is unknown. Possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:
Physical or emotional trauma
Abnormal pain response - areas in the brain that are responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients
Infection, such as a virus, although none has been identified
Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.
The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:
According to the 1996 NSF Gallup poll, more women (58%) suffer from nighttime pain than men (48%). In the 2000 NSF Sleep in America poll, one in four women reported that pain or physical discomfort interrupted their sleep three nights a week or more.
At DreamCatcher's we have many personal testimonies from our customers on how our weighted blanket has helped alleviate the pain and sleep interruption associated with Fibromyalgia. In fact, one of our own employees whi suffers from Fibromyalgia, loves her blankets and some days can be found wearing a weighted wrapper while working on making your weighted blanket.