Lack of Sleep and CIDP Neuropathy
Lack of sleep may contribute, exacerbate and even trigger CIDP neuropathy in more ways than you can imagine.
By Shiraz Abbas
Just as important as eating and drinking is sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause a whole host of problems. Among these problems are the following:
-It impairs your immunity thereby exacerbating and perhaps even contributing to the onset of autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy or Arthritis.
-Weight gain and even to some extent obesity becomes of a lowered metabolism
-Mental and cognitive decline
-Emotional, mood and mental health problems
-Inflammation: yes of which autoimmune disorders like CIDP, Arthritis and ulcerative colitis are part of.
– A higher risk of death
If you look at these six pointers, you can see two of them directly affect you as a sufferer of an autoimmune disease. Not only does a lack of sleep contribute to a worsening of your immune system (which is the cause of your autoimmune disease) but it also makes it more difficult for your body to manage the inflammation in your body that is the result of your immune system gone haywire (think about it, what is the problem of CIDP neuropathy, arthritis etc.? inflammation!). Unfortunately, the other pointers also indirectly affect your autoimmune disease. We saw how stress and mood problems can contribute and possibly trigger your CIDP neuropathy.
Unfortunately our culture is obsessed with productivity and this means that we have to spend less time sleeping and less time with our families. These are exacerbating our stress and causing a decline in our health. Sleep is especially important for people with compromised immune systems and systemic inflammation as their bodies need more time to repair the damage done to their bodies. Getting enough sleep is easier said than done. Particularly people with autoimmune disease who are prone to pain and depression, getting enough sleep is even harder.
So what can we do about it? How can you get that recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night? Here are a few tips:
-Don’t eat before sleeping. A full stomach will interfere with your sleep hormones.
-Get into the habit of sleeping at a particular time, that way you wire your body to sleep at a certain time. Having an uneven sleep schedule will make it harder to fall asleep.
-Make sure your room is dark and has as little noise as possible. These interfere with the time it takes to fall asleep as well as your sleep quality.
-Do not have caffeine or sugary foods before sleep, these are stimulants and will keep you awake.
-Get rid of the technology and blue light in your room. Keep your phone out of the room and use an alarm clock to wake you up.
-Try meditating, walking or praying before sleep. These are stress management tools that help relax your mind which will increase the quality of your sleep.
For further reading on the importance of adequate sleep, see the following books:
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.