Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by an inability to sleep or inability to remain asleep for a reasonable period. It can be a result of tension, stress and anxiety. It makes you feel tired upon waking and can affect your daily routine. It can affect relationships at home and work, hobbies, recreational activities, and general state of mind.

Every one wants to sleep soundly like a baby and wake up feeling refreshed but insomnia can make you inactive and tired all around the day. To treat insomnia in a better way, it is important to know the major causes of insomnia. Insomnia may be caused by any or a combination of the following:

A stressful life is the main culprit for insomnia. Relationship problems, work-related problems, anticipation of an upcoming event like a presentation or exam, or sudden life events like divorce and death of a loved one are only some examples.
Sometimes change in routine may also lead to sleeplessness. Traveling, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed and a job with variable schedules are some examples of routine interruptions that can cause insomnia, though short-term.

Another reason for insomnia may be the environmental factors. Noise, light, sudden weather changes, a room that is too hot or too cold, can disturb sleep, if not delay it. Asthma, eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, anxiety disorders, peptic ulcer can prevent you from falling into restful sleep.

Diet high in stimulants is also a responsible for sleeplessness. Drinking too much coffee, tea, and eating too much chocolate, especially in the evening, can cause problems sleeping. Alcohol is also not recommended.

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21 thoughts on “Lupus Causes Insomnia

  1. celeste_808

    My sister has lupus, a few years back she slipped into a coma for two weeks, she got better, but now she’s?
    feeling weird again. She has a had migrane for the past month. This is how it starts. First she gets the chills, then a fever of 104, then a migrane that lasts forever. The dr’s keep pumping medicine into her and I want them to STOP already. They have her on Vicodin and predezone. She also has insomnia due to the predezone. Any ideas as to what else it might be other than lupus causing this nightnare?

  2. Jacob

    Is it possible for a Stress Insomnia?
    The other night my younger sister was committed to a mental institution for being a threat to herself and others. She came at my best friend with a knife, started smoking (and is only 16) and did so next to my mom who has multiple health problems (like lupus and asthma) causing my mom to become more ill.

    I have been so upset over it that I get depressed about it so bad that I can’t do my normal things. And in the past three days that she has been locked up I have had a total of 8 hours sleep.

    Is it possible that all this stress is causing me to suffer from a form of insomnia?
    I am allergic to lorazepam

  3. Rudy

    What causes low vitamin D in the blood?
    I had blood test that confirmed a level of 14 for vitamin D. Dr. Has prescribed vitamin d in 50 thousand units twice a week. I’m scared that this is causing or has cause me to develop an auto immune disease since I’ve read that low vitamin d can cause auto immune disorders. I have been having weird sensations in body like warm water sensations in legs and sometimes arms. Insomnia and anxiety. And non stop face and was pressure.I’m scared for lupus or multiple sclerosis. Can low vitamin d in blood cause these muscle or legs warm water dripping sensations? Why would I have low vitamin d I get enough sun I eat healthy in general. My Dr said its rare here in Arizona. I’m a 19 year old hispanics male if it matters. Please help

    1. Babe

      I am surprised your doctor tested for Vitamin D deficiency. And that he didn’t explain a little more.

      Start drinking milk. Homogenized. Skip the sodas and coffee. You are in a sunny state, but being Hispanic your skin may be dark enough to block the sun effects on your skin.

      Start taking a good multivitamin for men that contains all the vitamins and CALCIUM. Two days of taking the Calcium should cure the sensations on you legs. You are probably overdosing on D without the complementary Calcium to go with it.

      Make an appointment and talk with your doctor about your other concerns. I don’t believe you should worry about auto-immune disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, or anxiety from a vitamin D deficiency. Get a grip and take the pills. And quit imagining things!

      See my source for lots of information.

      BTW, forgot to mention that vitamin D is most effective when taken with the Calcium. A 400 IU of Vitamin D and 1000 mg of Calcium is the recommended DAILY allowance. Since these are not stored in the body a daily dose is recommended. (not twice a week) If the doc is charging big bucks for the tab, you might consider a $20 bottle of One-A-Day multivitamins for MEN that will last you for a little more three months. Take at night after dinner so it doesn’t upset your stomach and do the most good for your body.

      Take care.

  4. :)

    Could I possibly have Lupus?
    I am a fifteen years old girl. My symptoms are:
    reynauds phenomenon, swollen/stiffness in joints (especially hands), extremely bad memory loss, fatigue and insomnia (exhaustion to the point where i can’t sleep), headaches, dizziness, loss of concentration causing confusion, weakness (i often feel like my muscles are just so weak and fragile), depression (it comes and goes), joint pain (it’s the worst in my knees), sensitivity to the sun (weird purple rashes that are not raised and last about a day), butterfly rash (only had it once when i was about 9), bad chest pains when breathing or moving (occasionally), hip pain, and anxiety.

    The symptoms are greater at times and i can go a while with out expirencing all of them. But I always seem to struggle with pain and fatigue the greatest.

    I’ve already been diagnosed with reynauds phenomenon. I was told that i DO NOT have arthritis at all. I’ve been tested for lupus twice. And was told i do not have it. A part of my ANA tests came back positive the first time. Is it possible that I have it and my doctors aren’t catching it? If you have lupus, were you misdiagnosed at first?

    I’m really worried and confused about what is going on with my body. Believe me, I hope that I am not ill; but if I am I want to know. I feel like these symptoms are taking over my life with the constant pain and horrible fatigue.

    So is it probable that I have lupus and the doctors have misdiagnosed me? Please help.
    I forgot to mention that when I am expirencing just about most of the symptoms and they all seem to be greater, I always get this weird skin sensitivity. It feels tender to the touch and is even painful to take a shower because of the water touching my skin. I’m not sure if that would be a sign of a “flare” but I have always found it strange and a very important symptom.
    @Ginny jin: no i don’t eat junk nor do i ever drink coffee but sometimes soda. i have a pretty healthy diet because of these symptoms. and i do spend most of my time indoors because of the pain and fatigue (it seems to control me). but i do walk about a mile or so 4 times out of the week to attempt stay active.
    @debbie: are there beginning stages to fibromyalgia? because i have read a little up on it and i have noticed that people talk about the pain being unbearable and constant. also that it was virtually impossible for them to lead a normal life. also i go to a very small highschool and i only have to walk to about three classes. i walk home almost everyday (that’s where i get my mile from). but i do think that i am expirencing “fibro fogs”. and very bad at that. they seem to be happening more and more lately. also i just recently started developing some of those symptoms. i almost feel like i am falling into sickness, if that makes sense

  5. Kimberly

    How do I know if I have lupus?
    My aunt has lupus and my grandmother died from lupus..but I have been feeling so tired. I’ve been getting a lot of bloody noses and I have lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. Last year I gained 100lbs in only a couple months and then I lost 80lbs and gained 60lbs. I’m eating the same but I don’t understand why my weight has been fluctuating. I also have been having weird stomach pains and side pains as well as insomnia, depression, migraines and swollen eyes.. and I have this strange rash on my face that showed up 4 days ago.. its very itchy..just thought it was an allergic reaction to the soap I was using. I know I have to go to a doctor..but should I just go to an emergency room instead cause I’m on vacation and can’t get to my doctor.

  6. Lisa

    Aspartame cannot cause Lyme disease, but Lyme disease can cause fibromyalgia.

    I agree with you, aspartame is very nasty stuff. It should never have been approved for human consumption.

  7. Natasha

    I live in Las Vegas, NV, does anyone know a doctor who is willing to prescribe pain meds?
    For the past 6 years I have been experiencing extreme whole-body pain, but my spine is what really kills me day after day. I had a baby 17 months ago and all of my pain symptoms seemed to go away for the most part during that time. But after my child was born, the pain came back worse than ever before. I forgot to mention I’m a 25yr old female.
    Not only did I start having severe pain in my back, but also in my limbs, hands, feet, shoulders, hips, knees, and muscles. For whatever reason, I started getting noticeable tremors, severe cramps and spasms in different parts of my body (especially my legs and back), migraines (at least 5 times a month), pins and needles, and temporary paralysis that would start in my hands and eventually go up my arm and into my face. On top of all this I have many other issues that began like IBS, frequent urination, extreme fatigue but insomnia at night, ice cold hands and feet, the list goes on and on.
    I wake up every morning feeling like I’m so stiff and in so much pain that I can barely stand it. The pain has come to the point where I can’t sleep even with sleeping meds. Laying down for too long causes my back to burn like its on fire. I also wake up with horrible swelling, mainly in my hands, joints, and face.
    I recently went to the ER back in August and they said I could possibly have MS, fibromyalgia, a rare form of migraines, Lupus, etc. I got a referral to a nuerologist who I’ve been seeing for a month now. I had a Ct scan and MRI of my head with nothing abnormal. But he wants me to get all these other tests I can’t afford until I find work. Since I’ve had endometriosis and ovarian cysts since I was 15 years old, I have a high tolerance to Lortab. So for the pain, my doc put me on Lortab 10mg at first (which did nothing), then Nucynta (which gave me horrible side effects), and now he will only give me 50 Percocet 7.5mg taking 1 every 8 hours which does not help. Supposedly, this is for “breakthrough” pain, and I guess he is NOT understanding that I have pain 24/7.
    I went down to his office recently and tried to explain that I have to take at least 2 percocet every 6 hrs for any pain to be relieved and since I’m trying to find work, I care for my child full-time, and I’m in the process of moving, I need to have reliable pain management. I forgot to mention I’m also taking Lyrica and Ibuprofen. He basically made me feel like I was a “drug-seeker” because I was making up these dramatic stories about my life in order to get pity. I asked him how he expects me to pay for these procedures and tests if I can’t work due to pain, and he once again made me feel like I was a drug-seeker. And let me just say that I’m highly against street drugs, alchohal, and medication abuse.
    So now I’m at a loss of what to do. I’m not asking to be put on super strong pain meds like morphine or something, I just want something that works, and enough of it that my quality of life improves for me so I can take care of my son, work, and go back to school. I’m seeing a rhuematologist on november 9th, and hopefully he will be more concerned and caring then how I’m being treated right now.

    But my main question is, is there anyone living here in Las Vegas, NV that has a doctor who has a good bedside manner, listens to their patients, and isn’t against pain meds??? I’d really rather not be on any meds at all but until I can get a diagnosis, I can’t be living in extreme pain like this.
    I haven’t had an MRI of my spine yet, or even and x-ray. But, my neurologist prescribed me Lyrica and that helped with the pain in my body but not in my back AT ALL. I’m on oxycodone 7.5mg/325 but its not even worth taking because the pain is so severe that it doesn’t help. I try explaining this to doctors and they think because I’m petite that I should be able to to take a lortab and be fine. I feel like i’m being undertreated due to people who actually do abuse drugs.

    1. JMITW

      a doctor is going to want to do tests to find out what is wrong before prescibing a lot of meds

      this does not sound like fibromyalgia

      you say your back seems to be the focus of the problem.have you had mri of the spine?

  8. R E Hart

    Could this be potentially dangerous for someone who might have Vitamin D Deficiency? I need a doc’s opinion!?
    Okay, so after four years, I was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Discoid Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue. Oh, and Phantom Pain. It all slowly went downhill all at once. First, I was tired in the sun, so I stayed inside. Then I ached, my joints cracking, muscles tensing up. I developed Insomnia which may or may not be relevant to this, but it’s in this timeline. All while this was going on, I got these ugly spots on my arms and legs diagnosed as Discoid Lupus. Everything is gradually being controlled, aside from the Phantom Pain, which is really a pain…. okay that was cheezy. Anyhow, I met someone who said this timeline sounded similar to Vitamin D Deficiency. I’ve looked up some things and realized I don’t go out and live like a hermit, which could aid in this cause. I want to know if this could be possible. I AM going to ask my doc to test me, but I want to know if it’s insane to think I have it or not.

    But my main question is this: My mom just doubled the Vitamin D I take in the mornings, and I want to know if this is healthy or not. I have a gut feeling this could be harmful to my body if I have this, instead of helpful, but she’s a nurse so I dunno, really. I’m just being logical, here. This sudden change, plus the Deficiency, could be too much for me. I think the increase should be gradual instead of just all-of-a-sudden.

    If anyone out there is a doctor or has had this, I really would love your opinion. Sorry if I bored you with this long post, but I really need to know. This is my LIFE I’m talking about, here, and this is serious. If this is the only thing going on, and I found the answer to this… I’m going to be really ticked off at my doctor even if I can’t blame them for ruling this other stuff out first.

    Okay, so diagnose me. 🙂
    Yes, POTS and Lupus have been tested. It’s the other stuff I’m worried about, here. The fatigue, the aches and the joint pain. I’m going to get tested either way at this point. I am not overreacting. Really. I deal with the anxiety, but this I’m not nervous about. All I want to know is if I have it, or I don’t. The idea was actually suggested by a medical student who has had similar problems!

  9. Crackle

    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    severe depression
    personality changes

    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  10. newhavenite07

    Painful purple/numb on bottom of toes (not top of toe or arch)?
    For the last several months I’ve been developing a callous underneath my big toes. After a while, these areas became numb, which I attributed to (1) calloused skin, and (2) a previous condition causing numb big toes (slipped nerve, bad arch, solved by shoe inserts). Lately these areas have gone from numb to extremely painful – and have turned purple/black bruise-like and appeared on both my 4th toes, too (odd).
    I don’t think this is caused by shoes since I wear different ones daily with orthodics and all have wide toe boxes. The only change in recent activities has been hiking outdoors in the snow, so my first thought was frostbite. Since these issues showed up in warmer weather, though, I’m guessing this doesn’t have much to do with the cold (although it makes the painful areas burn more intensely).
    One thing google DID bring up was the possibility of lupus: I’ve been fighting a low fever on and off, under a lot of stress, constantly tired and disoriented, insomnia, cold sores, psoraisis-like lesions on my neck (dermatologist is still trying to diagnose). I’m assuming symptoms of lupus would show up before the age of 28?

    I don’t want to be a hypochondriac and my insurance deductible is too high to be get medical attention for anything not immediately life threatening. Any ideas on what this could be?

    1. EROS7776

      Any time tissue turns black/purple and is numb, it is a sign that the tissue could be dying. If you haven’t already, you should get someone to check your blood glucose and make sure that you don’t have diabetes, as this disease causes problems with toes due to slow healing process.

      good luck..

  11. Hope

    Is it possible that I have Lupus?
    Since October I have been getting low grade fevers that are like 99.2 to like 99.5 or 6. They happen sometimes for days and sometimes they don’t. I am now suffering from really bad itching especially after I get out of the shower. I only get bumps after I scratch and scratching seems to relieve it a little for the time being. I also have a small, bald spot in the front of my head that is getting bigger slowly. I have been to the doctor and they sent me to a hematologist, because I had a low white blood cell count as well as big red blood cells…They did tests and then eventually they said I was healthy which I thought was weird. How do you go from that to healthy??? Another thing is, I have had nausea and I light-headedness which caused me to fall going into my room. (My room has two stairs that lead into it and I fell on the second one). I sleep a lot and I have insomnia. Please help me!!! I don’t want to seem like I’m crazy.

    1. Beth Montana

      Hi Hope,

      It sounds that you are really not feeling very well – Lupus is not a simple disease with an easy answer. Everyone reacts differently. One person with Lupus may have swollen knees and fever. Another person may be tired all the time or have kidney trouble. Lupus can affect your heart, lungs, kidneys, central nervous system, blood vessels, skin, depending on what type of Lupus you have – some Lupus patients are unfortunate enough to suffer from a combination of any of these.

      I would suggest going to see a different doctor, as your symptoms obviously show that your body is not in a healthy condition right now.

      Unfortunately there isn’t one single test can show that you have lupus. Your doctor may have to run several tests and study your medical history. It may take time for the doctor to diagnose Lupus. You just need to be patient, and I speak from experience.

      Good luck Hope,



  12. rebecca m

    why am i throwing up everyday?
    almost everyday for the past year i have been throwing up. it usually happens if i don’t get enough sleep but as i have clinical insomnia this happens a lot.
    i wake up and feel queasy, i cannot eat a thing. i will take my anti sickness medication with a drop of water but within 10 minutes i throw it up so it doesn’t have time to work.
    i have had a full blood test done (diabetes, thyroid,celiac disease, lupus, etc) i have had a camera into my small intestine i have had scans etc everything shows to be normal.
    what could be causing it?
    i have lost so much weight and look so very ill that i have strangers approach me and ask me if i have an eating disorder.
    i just want to wake up in the morning and not be sick. please help me…what could be causing it?

  13. Rudy

    What causes low vitamin D in the blood?
    I had blood test that confirmed a level of 14 for vitamin D. Dr. Has prescribed vitamin d in 50 thousand units twice a week. I’m scared that this is causing or has cause me to develop an auto immune disease since I’ve read that low vitamin d can cause auto immune disorders. I have been having weird sensations in body like warm water sensations in legs and sometimes arms. Insomnia and anxiety. And non stop face and was pressure.I’m scared for lupus or multiple sclerosis. Can low vitamin d in blood cause these muscle or legs warm water dripping sensations? Why would I have low vitamin d I get enough sun I eat healthy in general. My Dr said its rare here in Arizona. I’m a 19 year old hispanics male if it matters. Please help

  14. Tracy

    TMJ linked to any autoimmune disorders besides fibromyalgia?
    I have all the classic symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, but nothing is showing up on tests. I also have TMJ and insomnia. All that points to fibromyalgia.

    Problem is, I don’t hurt when I’m pressed on the pressure spots. I hurt all the time, but pressing doesn’t cause pain – the more pressure the better, as far as I’m concerned!

    So if it isn’t fibromyalgia and it isn’t RA or Lupus, what should I be looking at? And is TMJ a marker of anything else?

    Thanks for any direction you good people can give me here!
    Thanks. I’m not really worried about the TMJ, I just wanted to know if it was associated with anything similar to fibromyalgia, RA, etc., so I’d know where to look to find an answer to the muscle pain, joint pain, all that…guess it’s possible to just have both TMJ and something else…but it’s the “something else” that’s affecting my life in the biggest way. Thanks for taking the time to answer, though.

    1. mgunnycappo

      TMJ is a result of inflammation in a joint so it very well could be associated with any inflammatory disease such as Lupus or RA. The main question is what other symptoms and signs are you having of an auto immune disease? When you say that the tests came back negative, what tests and what did they say. There is no definitive test for Lupus. Many people with Lupus have negative blood tests however they are diagnosed symptomatically. I would discuss everything that is going on with a competent doctor. Write down everything prior to your appointment and don’t stop until you have an answer. I wish you the best of luck

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