Most people with lupus need to sleep at least eight to nine hours every night, and some need to also take a short nap during the day to keep their energy up. One problem is that insomnia can also be a side effect of lupus, sometimes due to increased anxiety levels, but also due to oversleeping during the day.
Tips for reducing and dealing with fatigue caused by lupus include:
- Try going to bed before 10 p.m. every night.
- Stick to a regular sleep/wake schedule in order to regulate your circadian rhythmand fall asleep more easily.
- Sleep a cool, very dark room, and avoid artificial lights from electronics at least one to two hours before bed.
- Give yourself 10–15 minutes in the morning to breath and be still in order to wake up calmly.
- Always eat a substantial breakfast to give you energy in the morning.
- Cut back or eliminate caffeinated drinks.
- Try doing something active in the morning to get your heart rate up.
- Make a schedule for the day to stay organized and calm, leaving yourself time for short breaks.