BUS does not officially recommend or endorse any particular dietary, alternative or complementary treatments or exercise regimes. 

No claims for health benefits are intended or implied in the contents of the diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, vitamins and minerals sections of the BUS website.

Alternative dietary regimes and strategies should not be used instead of your prescribed medication and your regular eye clinic checks.Always consult your doctors before starting any new dietary or lifestyle regime.

Disturbed sleep may contribute to inflammatory conditions. 

If high doses of oral steroids are disrupting your sleep, get advice from your doctor on how to cope, and rest as much as you are able.

There are several very simple things you can do that may improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. This is sometimes referred to as ‘sleep hygiene’:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day (even at weekends)
  • Make sure your bedroom is a calm space that’s quiet, dark and tidy
  • Take time to relax or wind down before bed (have a bath or meditate)
  • Choose food or drink that is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, such as a milky drink before bedtime
  • Screens – switch off all electronic devices at least 90 minutes before bedtime
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine before going to bed

Sleep was the subject of a presentation given at the Birdshot Day 2018 in London, UK. 

Russell Foster – The eye and regulation of biological time 

Text copied February 2024 from UK version of Birdshot Survival Guide, 2018