Exercise, fatigue and sleep in fibromyalgia

Takeaway

  • Exercise programs for people with fibromyalgia should be individualized and targeted to the desired outcome.

Why this matters

  • Fatigue and poor sleep quality are core symptoms of fibromyalgia; however, most of the research on this condition has focused on pain-related outcomes.

  • Available data supports exercise as the only therapy with “strong” evidence for its benefits in the management of pain in patients with fibromyalgia, but evidence for its effectiveness for reducing fatigue and improving sleep quality is lacking.

  • This is the first review to summarize all relevant literature on the effectiveness of exercise on fatigue and sleep quality in patients with fibromyalgia.