(Note: This article was first published in Jan. 2015. It was updated on Jan. 2, 2017 to include new information about cellphone, tablet, and computer lights.)
Most people have problems with getting enough restorative sleep in Lyme disease. Lack of adequate sleep
- worsens pain,
- causes fatigue,
- increases inflammation cytokines, and
- suppresses the immune system.
In my practice I find a restorative amount of sleep is 7 to 9 hours to correct these problems.
Problems that Cause Poor Sleep in Lyme Disease Treatment
There are many factors in Lyme disease that cause sleep problems. Each of these factors should be addressed to improve sleep. These problems include
- excess inflammation cytokines produced by the immune system,
- poor sleep hygiene,
- hormone dysfunction,
- sleep apnea,
- night time urination,
- restless legs syndrome,
- anxiety about sleep,
- herbal and prescription medication side effects, and
- the use of alcohol and/or caffeine.
Regardless of the sleep problem cause there are basic steps any person with chronic Lyme disease and insomnia should take.