Getting Enough Sleep? Effects of Sleep on Lyme.

According to sleep researchers, a lot of us aren't getting enough hours in dreamland. If you have Lyme disease you're likely to have weird sleep patterns. Some nights you're out the minute your head hits the pillow – or even before that! Other nights you toss and fidget while the cats and dogs and everyone else in the whole neighborhood snoozes peacefully. We need to get adequate sleep if we expect to heal from this disease. While our bodies sleep, important cellular work gets done. Healing happens. The myriads of smart biological micro-elves that make up our amazingly intelligent bodies tend to the repair work that they cannot do while we're awake. Our bodies need at least 5 hours and usually no more than 8 hours of good solid sleep to make us better.

The time you go to bed is important too. Our bodies follow inner patterns known as circadian rhythms. I've noticed when I stay up past the witching hour – midnight – and sleep until after 9 a.m., I don't feel as rested as when I go to bed by 11 p.m. and wake up around 7. Dr. Christine Horner, who teaches how to use Ayurvedic practices to heal from cancer and other serious diseases, feels that we should go to bed by 10 p.m. and rise after 6 a.m. to maximize the potent healing force of sleep.

If you're a night-owl like me, 10 o'clock sounds really early. But for the sake of healing more quickly, let's make a promise, shall we? Whenever we can, we'll go to bed earlier than usual, lounge like housecats, and read a good book for a little while, then doze off. The world can turn without us. Our elves have work to do. Let's help them do it.