Sleep problems, fibromyalgia link found in women

A longitudinal study of more than 12,000 women free of fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain and physical impairment at baseline found 327 (2.6%) reported fibromyalgia after 10 years’ follow-up. 

Women reporting sleep problems had a twofold increased risk of fibromyalgia, with a stronger association found in middle-aged or older females compared to younger ones. 

Further studies were needed to see if early treatment of sleep disorders can reduce the development of fibromyalgia in women, the Norwegian researchers said. 

Arthritis Rheum, online 11 Nov