Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that results in joint pain and fatigue at several points in the body, plus can lead to chronic fatigue. There are more than 12 million fibromyalgia cases in the United States. The majority of fibromyalgia cases are women, who are 10 times more likely to get the disease than men. It usually manifests anywhere from age 25 to 60 and there is no known cure.
Fibromyalgia Causes and Symptoms
Scientists aren’t sure what causes fibromyalgia, but it has been linked to a combination of genetics and environmental stresses. The disease does run in families, hinting at a genetic component that may point to certain predisposed sensitivities. Certain illnesses and infections are also connected to fibromyalgia, as are certain kinds of physical or emotional stress. The risk factors in developing the disease include the sex of the patient, family history and a history of certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to other conditions, it is often difficult to diagnose at first. Symptoms include deep muscle and joint pain, stiffness, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia. Common pain centers include the neck, shoulder, hips, back, and knees.
Fibromyalgia and Sleep
People who suffer from fibromyalgia manage pain via medication and pressure relief to get the deep, healing sleep they need because they are so sensitive to any level of pressure, especially when lying down or sleeping.
Those with fibromyalgia struggle with getting enough restful sleep due to the chronic pain they endure. Because sleep is such an important time for the body to relax and repair itself, it’s important for those with fibromyalgia to do everything they can to ensure the best sleeping conditions possible. The wrong mattress, for example, can contribute to sleepless nights and won’t offer much relief from pain.
Mattress Material and Design
Because of the specific type of joint pain that fibromyalgia causes, it’s important for people to choose a mattress that is designed to relieve the pressure on muscles and joints in order to ease that pain. When a mattress is too soft or doesn’t support the body in all the right places, the body sinks down into the mattress and stresses the joints, amplifying the pain. A mattress designed specifically for comfort and support eases the pressure and helps relieve the pain.
Our Gel Matrix™ mattresses are uniquely designed to help sufferers of Fibromyalgia better than any other bed. The key is the Gel Matrix™. You can see in this image how the Gel Matrix™ reduces pressure better than any of the other leading national mattress brands:
In this image, the red spots are areas where pressure is building up – which is painful and causes tossing and turning at night – especially for sufferers of Fibromyalgia.
However, the best bed for Fibromyalgia will also provide support needed to keep your spine aligned. Our bed is uniquely engineered to provide you this support better than any other mattress on the market today. Because our mattress is made with patented Gel Matrix™ formed in a unique honey-combed shape our beds have the ability to not only sense your pressure points and redistribute that pressure for comfort purposes, but the gel has the ability to ‘push back’ and support your entire body properly at the same time.
You can read more about what makes the Intellibed so unique in combining best in class comfort AND support here.