Do people with lupus actually NEED a lot of sleep or do we just FEEL like we always need more sleep. Should I be sleeping the normal 8 hours instead of 11? Will it make a difference in my fatigue? Oceanside, CA
While getting an adequate amount of sleep is important, everyone has a different amount of sleep they require to function normally during the day. For adults 8-9 hours is usually adequate (10-11 hours for children) and sleeping longer does not usually help with fatigue, even in patients with lupus. It is important that your doctor check you for other common causes of fatigue such as sleep apnea, diabetes, anemia and thyroid disease. It is also important that your sleep at night is not disrupted – i.e. do you awaken frequently at night, get up to go to the bathroom at night, have problems falling asleep? If so, these may indicate another problem causing your fatigue.