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Recent Study Links Fibromyalgia and Sleep Problems

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

According to a recent Norwegian research study, middle-aged women with sleep problems are around five times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. About five million people in the United States suffer from this debilitating condition, and between 80 and 90 percent of them are women.

Paul J. Mork, PhD, was the study’s main investigator. He stated that, “no previous studies have investigated whether sleep problems among healthy women increase the risk of future development of fibromyalgia. Our findings are important because they indicate that sleep problems can be an important factor in the development of fibromyalgia.”

He added that taking sleep problems seriously and treating them early can possibly “decrease the risk of fibromyalgia as well as other chronic diseases.” Mork’s remarks were published online in Arthritis & Rheumatism. 12,500 women over the age of 20 participated in the study, which followed them for ten years.

At the end of this time period, 327 women, or 2%, developed fibromyalgia. The findings are based on the fact that women over the age of 45 who reported existing sleep problems developed fibromyalgia five times more often than those with normal sleep patterns. Women with sleep problems between the ages of 20 and 44 were three times as likely to develop the condition.

As fibromyalgia research continues, it is hoped that the condition can be prevented and treated more successfully than it is now.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and are unable to work, you may qualify for Massachusetts SSA disability benefits. Give Keefe Disability Law a call toll free today at 888-904-6847 to learn more from your New England disability specialists.

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