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Overstimulated brain

Hi, I've noticed recently that if I've been in a group of people for 2 or 3 hours in the day my brain can get overstimulated and I really struggle to sleep that night. Does anyone else have this and is it related to fibromyalgia? I spend quite a lot of time on my own as I work from home on the computer so I'm not used to spending time with people regularly. Does anyone have tips on dealing with this? I don't want to miss out on social events because of this.

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Hi bakinglover

I think it might be worth speaking to a your GP.

I dont think its the social aspect pain been stressed or overwhelmed can be part of brain stimulation.

Even caffeine.

Just be certain by speaking to your GP.


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Yes I get this, if we have visitors or been out visiting when everyone has gone and its quiet my head is whirling with all the things we talked about , I can't watch a film late in the evening either as I know I won't sleep., we went to a show a few weeks ago and I couldn't get to sleep as the music was still in my head, don't know if it's related to fybro but I don't think it's anything to worry about just be aware of It and try and relax afterwards, with a nice bath, take care

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Thanks for your reply. Yes I think I need to find ways to relax my brain after a social event. A bath sounds like a good idea. I did wonder if it was related to fibro or just part of my introverted personality!

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Yes and chuck in some relaxing aromatherapy oils like lavender etc, I do think though the more time you spend on your own you find a lot of company and noise just too much , we are just two of us retired and it's very quiet if we get a houseful of family it's really strange as we're not used to the hustle and bustle, , we'll have to get out more lol , take care

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Hi Bakinglover

I am so genuinely sorry to read this my friend, and it could be a case of sensory overload that can lead to stress and anxiety. *Wikki says:

*Sensory overload occurs when one or more of the body's senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment. There are many environmental elements that impact an individual. Examples of these elements are urbanization, crowding, noise, mass media, technology, and the explosive growth of information.[1] Sensory overload is commonly associated with sensory processing disorder. Like its opposite sensory deprivation.

It also associates it with:

As component of other disorders:

Fibromyalgia (FM)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Among other medical conditions. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you



I find a cup of warm milk with honey stirred into it and taken before bedtime helps me to unwind after a busy or hectic day/evening. That and reading a chapter or two of a book.

Otherwise my brain feels wired and I go over and over things in my head.


Thanks Ken and Mariliz for your replies. I'm trying to switch off from tv, phone etc an hour before bed to help my brain unwind. I might try the warm milk with honey, thanks for that.


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