Difficulty sleeping is very common for those who suffer from rheumatic disease. Over half of people with lupus, inflammatory arthritis, and scleroderma suffer from sleep problems. The reason for sleeping problems is often due to several causes. It can be made worse with anxiety and depression. People with rheumatic disease who are not sleeping well tend to have more pain, more severe disease, and more difficulty with their day-to-day function. This is why it is important to improve sleep.
Practicing mindfulness can improve sleep quality. Mindfulness may improve sleep by helping to regulate racing or intrusive thoughts. It also helps tone down the stress response, or the fight or flight pathway, that can be overactive for those with inflammatory diseases.