Lyme Insomnia


Lyme Insomnia is basically difficulty with sleep due to infection with Lyme disease. Lyme disease occurs when a tick that carries the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi bites a human. The bacteria is then transmitted into the human body and begins to spread, resulting in the infection known as Lyme disease. There are many symptoms associated with this bacterial infection. However, one of the most common symptoms is called Lyme insomnia.


Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms. When evaluating patients who are currently undergoing treatment for Lyme, there is one thing in common, and that is they can't get any sleep. Sleep is imperative to the well-being of our bodies. Our bodies are unable to heal and repair if we are not getting enough sleep.

Lyme Insomnia

The human body depends on a strict rythm through the 24 hour day that allows for the production and release of hormones such as melatonin.

Melatonin is a sleep hormone that allows for the relaxation of the body. With increased production of this hormone, comes increased ability to sleep. But if our bodies are not producing enough melatonin, then it starts to become more difficult to fall asleep.

When a patient has Lyme disease, their body is working hard trying to eradicate the bacteria. When doing so, the associated inflammation interferes with the normal working of the pineal gland, which is responsible for producing melatonin. So, with less melatonin being produced, you find it hard to fall asleep, and may even suffer from an inability to sleep at all.

Another reason why people experience Lyme insomnia is because when their immune system is working overtime, they often have a significant fever. When a fever increases and then decreases, and then increases again in a cycle, it creates a very uncomfortable patient! You just aren't able to relax enough to actually go to sleep!

Also, when the immune system is overworked, you actually need MORE sleep to recuperate. This creates a viscious circle, because you're finding it very hard to get ANY sleep, despite actually NEEDING more sleep. This  obviously becomes exhausting in quite a short space of time!.

Lyme insomnia occurs in many (but not ALL) patients who have been affected with Lyme disease. It is a symptom that may occur in all stages of lyme disease: both early and late.

Therefore, it's very important to speak with your doctor determine how to treat your Lyme insomnia. There are treatments available, so please don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.