Why People with Lupus Struggle to Get Good Sleep?

Author: Sandy

Posted On: March 5, 2016

We all need to de-stress ourselves, refresh our body and mind at the end of the day. Night is one time when we patch our emotions and muscles. Sleep recharges us just like some rechargeable batteries! So, it’s our necessity to sleep for 7-8 hours! Or else, sleeping disorders can make any human being really weak and even cause deaths.

Getting a peaceful quality sleep sounds vague to many people fighting Lupus. Not getting quality sleep is one of the most common problems of Lupus. Studies show that 75% of people with Lupus report sparse sleep. Sleeping disorders can lead to depression, fatigue, mood swing and joint pain.

There is a limited amount of scientific data to draw a concrete conclusion on sleeping disorders in Lupus. But, lacking proper sleep plus other sleeping issues can cause inflammation and aggravate Lupus activity.

There are three common sleeping disorders one can experience;

There is three common sleeping disorders one can experience;

Sleep Apnea – When you feel uneasy to breathe while sleeping, it’s Sleep Apnea.

Symptoms to look out for this are;

  1. Snoring loud and constantly.
  2. Waking up to catch a breath frequently.
  3. Pause in your breath while sleeping (that you cannot notice – your bed partner can).

One with Sleep Apnea tends to develop obesity, increased size of the neck, early aging. It includes the high risk of stroke and other heart-related conditions. So, next you are fighting hard to stay awake in daytime or wake up gasping a breath; consult a doctor. It is no mild thing to ignore.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder – Have you ever experienced a sudden muscle twitch in you lower legs as you sleep? Did it happen repetitively? This is not like the normal muscle twitch you generally experience. It is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, which is linked with the momentary arousal of the brain. Perhaps, you are not even aware as it is stirring. Poor sleep is associated with it and that can, later on, escort to daytime signs. You need a sleep study. There are many treatments available for this.

Insomnia – This is the most common problem one experiences. In Insomnia, you are likely to have trouble falling asleep or maintaining it or failing to re-induce it. Further, it somewhat affects your daytime activities. Warning signs of Insomnia include;

  1. Negative mood, irritability
  2. Sleepiness (not mandatory)
  3. Pain
  4. Fatigue

If these symptoms persist for 3 nights weekly for a month at least, then you should consult your doctor. Continual insomnia could turn out to be risky for many chronic disorders. Luckily, there are good cures for insomnia these days.

See your rheumatologist if you are anxious or depression and not getting good sleep. If you are having any of the above-mentioned symptoms, start tracking your sleep patterns in a sleep diary. Record the factors that are disturbing you sleep, even if it is just a medication, which is making you feel uneasy. It could be a side-effect of some medication as well.

For more information on sleep disorders; you can log on to the website of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine! They can guide you on the treatments and even help you locate a certified specialist.

Don’t ignore your sleeplessness. It may lead to a dangerous Lupus Flare.

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