Many lupus patients have difficulty getting to sleep & staying
asleep. This can be due to a number of things - steroids can make
a person 'hyper' & unable to sleep; pain can keep you awake;
many lupus patients also have fibromyalgia, which can cause sleep
Here are some tips for getting a better night's sleep -
Take a long relaxing
bath (not too hot) before bedtime, preferably with essential oils
such as lavender in the water.
Have a warm milky drink
Eat a banana - this contrains
substances which can help induce sleep.
Don't eat a heavy meal
Put a few drops of a
relaxing essential oil, such as lavender, on your pillow.
Go to bed & get up
at the same time every day.
If you can't
sleep & are tossing & turning, get out of bed. Go into another
room & read a book or watch TV. When you feel sleepy, go back
a relaxation tape, or try relaxation techniques.
alcohol, or anything containing caffeine (tea, coffee, cola) before
bedtime. Although alcohol acts as a sedative, it disrupts normal
sleep patterns & causes you to wake up during the night.
you have thick curtains in your bedroom that block out early morning
light, or try wearing eyeshades.
any of your medications cause insomnia. It may be better to take
certain medications in the morning instead of the evening.
If you take
sleeping pills or anti-depressants, don't just stop taking them
suddenly. Speak to your doctor about reducing the dose gradually.
immediately before bedtime, it won't wear you out, but make you
If pain is
keeping you awake, look at different pain relief methods.
the night clothes aren't too tight - wear loose, baggy pyjamas.
your bedroom isn't too hot or too cold.
cover it up if necessary so you can't keep looking at the time.