I’ve had lupus for 32 years. During this time I've had extreme fatigue and insomnia. I'd like to find something natural to help me sleep. I'm so tired of taking drugs and I refuse to take sleeping pills. Can you suggest anything? Pahrump, NV
Insomnia can have a number of causes and can be difficult to treat. Exercising during the day with only light exercise in the evening, avoiding a heavy dinner or eating late at night, reducing caffeine, choosing a comfortable mattress, and a relaxing bedtime routine such as listening to music or pleasure reading have all been shown to help with sleep at night. To increase your chances of a good night’s sleep, you should also try not to nap during the day and avoid late night TV watching or working in bed. It is a good idea to establish a “wind down” routine in the evening to relax your mind and body before getting into bed.