Chronic Pain Video

The sleep and pain connection in Fibromyalgia

💤 In 2018, our research at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine revealed a fascinating connection between fibromyalgia and abnormal sleep patterns. 🧐

Many individuals with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and TMJ issues often struggle with sleep quality, and there’s a profound reason for it. It all starts with the airway—the pathway through which we breathe. From our nostrils and sinuses down to our mouth, tongue, teeth, and palate, these structures play a crucial role in oxygen intake and carbon dioxide release.

For some, issues with the airway trigger a fascinating response. When the brain senses airway problems, especially in those with fibromyalgia and TMJ issues, it prompts the TMJ muscles to contract and use the teeth as a fulcrum to open the airway, thrusting the neck forward. 👩⚕️🧠

Over time, this repetitive movement causes the fascia (connective tissue over muscles) to tighten, resulting in pain, discomfort, brain fog, fatigue, memory problems, attention issues, and even psychological conditions like anxiety and bipolar disorder. 😓

Moreover, airway issues can sabotage your sleep. When the brain anticipates airway problems, it prevents deep sleep to stay alert. This can lead to years of inadequate restful sleep, exacerbating chronic pain, brain fog, memory issues, emotional instability, and more. 😴

But there’s hope! At the Demystifying Fibromyalgia Conference, our board-certified neurologist and sleep expert will shed light on how improving deep sleep can alleviate pain and enhance the quality of life for those with airway issues, fibromyalgia, TMJ problems, and more. 
Click the link below to register! 

It may sound surprising, but improving sleep can be a game-changer for your health and well-being. 💪✨ It can extend your life and boost your overall quality of life. We invite you to join us at this enlightening event. Don’t miss the chance to transform your understanding of fibromyalgia and chronic pain management.

The event will take place October 5th-7th – Mark your Calendars! 📅👁️🗨️

For additional information or questions, contact Outreach Coordinator, Jillian Reissig at We will see you there! 

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