Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease and Sleep: A Review is an article made available from the Nov 2015 edition of this journal:
It immediately follows the article: ‘The value of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of insomnia‘, a Randomised Clinical Trial at UCLA testing the benefit of Mindfulness therapy under the supervision of Dr Michelle Zeigler.
The authors of the Review declare its intent in the Abstract, “Sleep disorders may trigger immune system abnormalities inducing autoantibody production, possibly leading to the development of autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis. Indeed, in experimental models, it has been suggested that sleep deprivation may induce the onset of autoimmune disease.” Speculation on major disease being triggered by unrestful sleep is supported by in vivio proofs, i.e. in mouse models. Medical evidence drags inexorably slowly towards understandings long held by the patient communities. It’s where Vindyamala’s book ‘Mindfulness for Health‘ begins, with thoughts in the night.
Undoing the damage requires starting again, with a new way of thinking.