Fibro-Nap is here !!! Fibromyalgia is common, chronic pain disorder associated with widespread muscle pain and excessive tenderness in certain parts of the body. Despite much scientific research, the underlying cause, diagnosis, and optimal treatment is unknown. Many patients also experience fatigue, mood problems such as depression and anxiety and sleep disturbances. Fibro-Nap is a non-drug, non-exercise, regimen you can incorporate into your daily routine to relieve your symptoms of fibromyalgia. Recent studies have shown that sleep patterns in fibromyalgia patients are different than patients without fibromyalgia. Normal sleep is considered an active process which requires the brain to cycle through many different patterns of sleep in order for the body to get proper sleep. In general, normal sleep is divided into 2 general categories: REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non rapid eye movement). REM sleep is characterized by inactive, voluntary muscle movements except for the eye muscles and if awakened at this point, patients often report dreaming. NREM sleep is divided into 4 separate categories (stages 1-4); stage 3-4 of this sleep stage is called slow wave sleep and responsible for giving you good, restful sleep. Patients with fibromyalgia are thought to have disrupted or shortened slow wave sleep specifically interrupted alpha-delta wave pattern contributing to poor sleep. Studies have shown 40-96% of patients with fibromyalgia complain of sleep disturbances. This sleep is often referred to as non restorative sleep in which the patients often feel tired upon awakening, experience daytime fatigue, or simply feel tired all day after sleeping through the night. In particular, the alpha-delta sleep wave pattern (part of the slow wave sleep) in fibromyalgia are not normal. This results in reduced slow wave sleep and possibly leading to sleep problems. Studies indicate that pain interferes with NREM sleep causing poor sleep and thus increase pain. Thus, a vicious cycle of pain, poor sleep, and increased pain occurs. You need to help yourself break the cycle! Finding a method to get restful sleep you deserve may decrease the pain you are experiencing. Many doctors may prescribe medications to help you fall asleep, however, these drugs can sometimes cause drowsiness, limit your ability to drive, and you can become tolerant to the medication and need more over time. Fibro-Nap is a non-drug alternative that can give you restful sleep anytime you have 20 minutes to spare. When you sleep under normal circumstances, your brain cycles through several different stages of Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and High Gamma waves. You drift from one stage of sleep to another-from deep sleep to dreaming to wakefulness and so on. These waves are inaudible to the human ear. Through advanced mastering technology, Fibro-Nap piggybacks the sleep waves on audible 'carrier waves' within the audible range. The result: you get the effect of the natural waves so you can sleep! Listen to the Fibro-Nap CD through headphones. Your brain has no sensory input other than the carrier waves playing through your ears. When you hear more than 60 seconds of a certain frequency, your brain modulates to match it. Listening to the Fibro-Nap CD through stereo headphones for 20 minutes guides your brain through a pattern of deep sleep that would otherwise require three hours! You will hear pleasing waterfall-like sounds for the duration of the Fibro-Nap CD. During the first 5 minutes or so, your brain adjusts to the sounds coming through the headphones. For the next 10 minutes, the Fibro-Nap CD cycles you between REM and NREM sleep periods, finally bringing your mind to a state of heightened wakefulness at the end of the CD. Then the waterfall-like sounds stop. You awaken spontaneously, feeling refreshed-as though you've had a long nap. References: 1. Drewes AM. Pain and sleep disturbances with special reference to fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). Nov 1999;38 (11):1035-1038. 2. Harding SM. Sleep in fibromyalgia patients: subjective and objective findings. Am J Med Sci. Jun 1998;315(6):367-376. 3. Schaefer KM. Sleep disturbances linked to fibromyalgia. Holist Nurs Pract. May-Jun 2003;17(3):120-127. 4. Roizenblatt S, Moldofsky H, Benedito-Silva AA, Tufik S. Alpha sleep characteristics in fibromyalgia. Arthritis Rheum. Jan 2001;44(1):222-230. 5. Lashley FR. A review of sleep in selected immune and autoimmune disorders. Holist Nurs Pract. Mar-Apr 2003;17(2):65-80. 6. Doherty M, Smith J. Elusive 'alpha-delta' sleep in fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. Mar 1993;52(3):245.