Orthopaedic Mattresses and Fibromyalgia
If you were to ask anyone suffering from the pains associated with fibromyalgia they would tell you, almost down to the last person, that they suffer from sleep disturbance. There is indeed a correlation between sleep deprivation and fibromyalgia and many times the attending physician is hard-pressed to determine which is causing the other.
In some medical communities it is believed that the pain of fibromyalgia is the underlying condition which awakens people throughout the night, and in other schools of thought it is the lack of sleep which is the ultimate cause of fibromyalgia. Actually, current research shows both to be true and the bottom line is they are interrelated.
Now then, what is causing a person not to sleep well throughout the night? A physician will have to rule out stress and even then, after having prescribed sedatives or tranquilizers, a person still may not get adequate rest. Throughout the night the patient will report waking up repeatedly with aches and pains. On the other hand, patients prescribed painkillers will often report waking up several times a night because they just cannot find a comfortable position even though they are not in pain at that moment.
This is how so many of those overrated orthopaedic mattresses have been sold throughout the years. There is one American company in particular which is known to advertise that a firm orthopaedic mattress can eliminate sleep disturbances and the resulting aches and pains of fibromyalgia. This has long since been proven inaccurate because there are no conclusive studies to indicate that a firm mattress provides better sleep or more support.
Current sleep studies prove almost beyond a shadow of a doubt that comfort is subjective. The important consideration is that the patient be as comfortable as possible in order to facilitate adequate sleep. It doesn't matter whether the mattress is firm or soft; what matters is that the person is comfortable enough to sleep throughout the night.