Sleep is often disturbed in chronic Lyme disease. Lack of adequate sleep worsens pain, causes fatigue, increases inflammatory cytokines and suppresses the immune system. It appears that in response to infection, the excess inflammatory cytokines produced by the immune system disturb the sleep centers of the brain. A restorative amount of sleep is 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep during the few hours before midnight is most restorative.
Before trying the natural sleep medicines outlined in this article, be sure to follow the recommendations in Sleep 101: The Basics. It is most important to follow the recommendations on lowering cytokines and sleep hygiene.
Natural Medicines for Sleep in Lyme Disease Treatment
A variety of herbs can help with sleep as can prescriptive medicines. Often given the severity of the sleep disturbances seen in chronic Lyme disease, prescriptive options are necessary. It is common to layer supplements and prescriptive medicines together.
Curcumin lowers inflammatory cytokines made by the immune system that cause dysfunction of the sleep centers of the brain. It is an essential herb for any natural or prescription sleep regimen.
Herbs and nutrients that induce sleep do so through a variety of mechanisms. Some like