Mornings are the absolute worst time of the day for me. It is so very difficult to drag myself into the shower every morning. I stand in the shower just stretching and trying to massage my muscles for what seems like hours. When I go downstairs to get my coffee every morning, I can barely make it back up the stairs because my legs are so sore and stiff. As the day goes on, I do start to feel a little better. I am wondering what exactly happens to FM sufferers while we sleep? I have tried to keep track of activities I have done the night before, things I may have eaten, or my sleep patterns....there is nothing that seems to change how I feel when I get up in the am. It doesn't matter if I sleep 5 hours or 10....I still wake up in extreme pain. It doesn't help to take sleep meds or pain meds before I go to bed - I still wake up this way. It doesn't matter what position I sleep in, whether or not I have nightmares, whether I fall asleep quickly or have a racing mind for what seems like hours.... It doesn't seem to be the quality of my sleep that causes this morning pain. So what does cause the extreme pain and stiffness? Is it the fact that the muscles are not moving for so many hours? I thought sleep was supposed to "renew" and "restore" the body. Not make me feel like I ran a marathon all night in my sleep. Long before FM struck, mornings were the best time for me. I used to love waking up refreshed and full of energy. I want those days back....do they ever come back? Or is there a way to get those days back?