What kind of mattress do you have? Is it comfortable? This becomes an important question when you have both the chronic pain and sleep problems that come with fibromyalgia.
I used to have a traditional inner-spring mattress, but once fibromyalgia hit it put too much pressure on my body and it hurt just to lay on the thing. Since then, I've tried both Sleep Number and memory foam.
The Sleep Number bed took some time to get used to, but once I found the right combination of number and pillow, it was great. I loved it for about a year and didn't have any fibro-related problems with it. I then developed a separate, very painful issue in my lower back and hips, however, and that area needed a lot of support. I found that when the bed was firm enough to support that area, it hurt other places.
I then went to visit someone who had a memory foam mattress in the guest room, and I loved it. It supported me well all over without putting enough pressure anywhere to hurt. I started saving some money and was able to find a relatively inexpensive one (not the name brand), and I've been very happy with it.
This topic has come up in my forum, and some report better luck with memory foam, while some prefer Sleep Number. Some also have added a memory foam topper to an inner-spring mattress and are happy with it.
Something to consider with either of them is the "new bed" smell they each have. If you're chemically sensitive, you may want to unpack the mattress in a room you don't spend a lot of time it and let the gasses dissipate before you try sleeping on it.
It's impossible to overstate how important sleep is to feeling better. When I got treatment for sleep apnea and found supplements that help regulate my sleep cycle (rhodiola and theanine), my symptoms dropped off dramatically. When I have a bout of insomnia and don't get my typical 5-6 hours a night, they come right back. Having the right mattress (and pillow - that's just as important!) makes a big difference.
Of course, a new bed is expensive. When the time comes to get a new mattress, however, it pays to consider all of your options. Some manufacturers offer a 30-day in-home trial, and check to see if they offer a money-back guarantee. Be sure to shop around and look into non-name brand products.
Have you found a mattress you like? Take the poll, and share your experiences to help the rest of us make informed decisions!