Fibromyalgia is often associated with symptoms of muscle pain and fatigue. However, unlike normal fatigue, Fibro fatigue can often lead to social isolation and even depression. Those who have Fibromyalgia, often refer to this feeling of fatigue as Fibro Fog, because it leaves them literally in a fog. They forget things, and aren't able to do everyday things.
After doing research into this, I found that Fibro is the intrusion of Alpha-waves during Delta sleep results in non-restorative sleep, which exacerbates the pain and fatigue. It is this same lack of restorative sleep, as well as life with chronic pain and fatigue (physical exhaustion), which very often results in a cognitive dysfunction commonly referred to as “Fibro-fog” (mental exhaustion). Other contributing factors to Fibro-fog may include depression, decreased oxygen flow to the brain, certain medications, poor nutrition, or changes in the central nervous system.
Fibro-fog is not a psychological condition, but rather the direct result of sleep deprivation and other contributing factors. It is also not the result of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or other conditions that cause deterioration of brain functions.
- Mental confusion and fatigue
- Loss of short-term memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Impaired thinking
- Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
- Inability to comprehend written or spoken words
- Trouble with directions
- Short attention span
- Acquired dyslexia (includes difficulty speaking known words)
Many people find that keeping to a regular routine, by going to bed and rising at the same time every day, is a necessary component of good sleep hygiene. Provide a relaxing atmosphere, listen to soft music, enjoy light reading, don't eat too close to bedtime, limit caffiene and purchase a quality mattress.