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Lupus sucks.

Admit it, we all feel that way.  And Lupus can rob us of so much in our life.  Fun, work, time with family, even sleep. In fact, Lupus sleep disorders are on the rise.

Sleep is so necessary for us as Lupus patients.  Sleep helps us function through out the day and handle our disease better.  But how do we get a better night’s sleep when pain and other stresses so often keep us awake?

One idea you might want to consider, especially if you are sun- and UV-sensitive (as I am) is curbing the amount of Blue Light in your home and especially your bedroom.

Blue Light is a type of UV light that is thrown off by TVs, computers, iPads and CFLs.  Blue Light can actually reduce the amount of melatonin your body produces, causing insomnia and other lupus sleep disorders.  Blue Light, which is similar to other forms of UV, may also cause disease flares in those who are sensitive to UV light.

Lupus patients are predisposed to have lower levels of melatonin to begin with, so anything that reduces natural melatonin may be problematic.

How do you combat Blue Light?

First, turn off computers and electronic devices several hours before bedtime.  Or buy some Blue Light-Blocking filters for your devices, like the ones made by SleepShield.

Try switching from CFLs to LED light bulbs that are biologically corrected to filter out Blue Light, especially in your bedroom. The Good Night Sleep Light from Definity Digital is a good choice.

Turn all light out when you’re in the bed and ready to sleep.  No night lights or lights from the hall.  Turn digital alarm clocks away from you.  Use blackout curtains to hide outside light and cover or turn off any DVD players and other electronic devices to hide light that they put out.

With a little planning and diligence you can improve your lupus sleep disorders, sleep better and feel better.  And where Lupus is concerned, I know we can all use all the help we can get.

Sebrina Smith

Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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