Im trying to figure something out. There is an obvious and clear connection between FM and sleep. From what I've read, sleep deprivation = Flare Ups in 90% of the people on this board. To go one step further, I wanted to talk about circadian rhythms and see when you all sleep naturally - on weeks when you are not impacted by school or work. I naturally sleep from 6 AM to 3 PM. It has been this way since I was 15. I had to painfully force myself to go to high school, college, work...etc... And along the way I missed coutless days, felt tired all the time, and reverted to my 6-3 pattern on every vacation I ever had. During these years, I experienced leg pain (even as early as 12 YO) but never realized it was a precursor to FM. Now, I have full FM in every muscle. However, when I am allowed to drift to my 6-3 schedule, it all goes away. I don't need any meds, my head is clear, I am pain free, and I am happy. It seems that by trying to force myself to meet the demands of our 8-6 PM society, I have brought this illness upon myself - and I wonder how many more of us may be in this camp. Also, I should note that I have actually worked the "late shift" and felt fine - so it's not the stress from work vs. the freedom of my vacations that is dictating whether or not I have pain. It is simply - am I asleep when my body wants me to be. If the answer is no, my body responds with severe pain - even if I sleep 8-10 hours. As a sidebar, if one looks at evolution, it would make absolute sense for some members of society to have genes that would create opposite sleep cycles than the majority of society. In a way, it's an adaptive trait since we would be able to get food that would be unavailable during the day...we would be more valuable to the tribe since we could stay up late and keep watch for predators, etc... But post industrial revolution - we are screwed!!