Unrefreshing sleep is one of the hallmarks of fibromyalgia, and it’s hard to face the day when you wake up feeling depleted.
With Fibromyalgia, we find three significant sleep issues that we must address: struggle with getting to sleep, problems with staying asleep, and calming the overactive fight or flight so we can get restful sleep.
Sleep is essential for having the mental and emotional energy to do the things we need to do to feel better, and Tami believes that her fibromyalgia would not be in remission without tackling her sleep issues. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution; everyone has to find the right recipe for their sleep. Today’s guest, Sovann Pen, joins Tami to talk about why sleep is vital to our overall health and how you can get better sleep.
In this conversation, Sovann and Tami discuss Sovann’s 25-year sleep career, how different people are affected by poor sleep quality, thinking about how your life could be better with better sleep, don’t assume your symptoms are solely due to fibromyalgia, how not getting enough sleep leaves us vulnerable to burnout, the high correlation between fibromyalgia and sleep apnea, the four stages of sleep, why people with fibromyalgia often struggle with getting restful sleep, Tami’s experience with sleep studies, what a sleep study entails, the three main sleep issues people with fibromyalgia experience, why you need to start sleep hygiene as soon as you wake up, when to consider meeting with a sleep specialist, the right place for sleep aids and medication for sleeping, when to take melatonin, figuring out what’s waking you up in the night, negative sleep thoughts, social media has a negative effect on many people’s sleep, digging deeper into the symptoms to address the core problem, how you can use the Wellness Wheel, Sovann’s tips for making friends with your CPAP machine, the need to slow down and take care of yourself, and more.
Be sure to tune in to next week’s special bonus episode, where Tami will share fibro-specific sleep information, including studies, supplements, and topics she teaches in her Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor™ class.
Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.
About Sovann Pen
Sovann Pen is a licensed professional counselor who works with individuals and couples in Portland, OR. He also is a health coach for Kaiser Permanente and helps members with healthy habits like healthy eating, physical activity, quitting tobacco, stress and pain management, and healthy sleep.
Prior to becoming a counselor and coach, he was a research assistant, sleep tech, and health educator and has helped hundreds of people with sleep apnea and insomnia for the past 27 years.
Sovann has been married for 28 years and has three adult children.
He is the host of The Courage, Coaching and Counseling Podcast.
Links & Resources
- How to use your CPAP machine successfully to sleep better (Sovann Pen’s YouTube video)
- Sleep Foundation Website
- CBT-i Coach (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) Mobile App
- Say Goodnight To Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs, PhD
- The Insomnia Answer by Paul Glovinsky
- When COVID-19 Steals Your Sleep (Sovann Pen’s blog post)
- Sleep, Stress, and Insomnia (Sovann Pen’s blog post)
- Sovann Pen’s videos on sleep and insomnia (YouTube Playlist)
- Find a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® at FindAFibroCoach.com
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- Schedule a consultation with Tami or one of her coaches through the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute.
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