Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sleep-or lack of
I can always tell when I've been re-infected or had a relapse when I find myself on my computer throughout the entire night. Insomnia affects nearly every lyme survivor that I know. When not in remission I sleep an average of 4 hours a night. A walking, talking zombie. I read tons about the fact that lyme causes sleep disturbances and insomnia but have yet to find out why. Given the symptoms of the disease itself, it seems little wonder that sleep would be negatively affected. People complain of not being able to fall asleep as well as awakening frequently throughout Such poor sleep (or lack of sleep altogether) at night then leads to the being excessively tired and sleepy during the day. A fair percentage of Lyme disease sufferers also complain of restless leg syndrome at night. Such fatigue, of course, can then create an environment for even more ancillary harm to the body. When we are worn out physically and mentally, we are primed for other illnesses and injuries. Such a serious disease requires consistent medical attention. However, there are many natural ways to significantly help alleviate many of the symptoms, including sleep disturbances. Creating a comfortable sleep routine and sleeping environment is especially important for anyone who suffers from sleep problems. Relaxation is a necessity in aiding sleep, so establishing a soothing nocturnal ritual can help with this aspect. A number of people tout the benefits of certain natural herbs to help with both symptom control and Lyme disease treatment. As always, do your research and consult with a trusted herbalist or other alternative treatment practitioner before attempting to cure the disease. As with all ailments, this is also an especially important time to ensure proper nutrition. It seems obvious, but often we crave the less nutritious “comfort foods” when we are in pain, are extra tired and are suffering. Those comfort foods, though, do not offer long term benefits; whereas a healthy diet will help create strength and energy which is needed to combat any health ailment. Given the many issues (many of them debilitating) that accompany Lyme disease, I offer complete sympathy to sufferers and appreciate the opportunity to share some information and to receive information that you may have.