Things to consider about sleep health and multiple sclerosis

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

You may or may not be aware that the curator of SHC is also a columnist for two different multiple sclerosis publications (as well as the admin for a 12,000-member MS group in Facebook). Since March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, it makes sense to share this information for people who suffer from both sleep problems and the category of neurological autoimmune disorders collectively known as multiple sclerosis. The columns below, which discuss the links between the two, have been published in 2017.

Multiple Sclerosis and the “Other Apnea”

(MAR 15) Someone with multiple sclerosis (MS) who also has untreated OSA can expect fatigue to become insurmountable. They will likely experience higher sensitivity to pain, greater cognitive difficulty, and a higher chance for having accidents or falling.

Unfair! MS pain causes fatigue, fatigue amplifies MS pain

(MAR 9) For those who’ve had an MS diagnosis for a while, there’s relief in knowing that specialists now mostly agree that MS does, in fact, cause pain.

Does your specialist ask about your sleep health?

(FEB 26) Some interesting findings from recent research published in International Journal of MS Care (IBMSC) suggests that we might need to be more forthcoming about our sleep problems when we go to see the doctor.

Nocturnal leg cramps can ruin your sleep!

(FEB 15) In the field of sleep medicine, nocturnal leg cramps are symptomatic of disordered sleep. For good reason, right? Anything that disrupts a night of sleep—such as a frequent need to use the bathroom, unsettling nightmares, or leg cramps—leads to disordered sleep.

Tired all the time: Is it sleepiness or is it fatigue?

(JAN 24) Multiple sclerosis may be a “snowflake” disease with myriad variations unique to each person who has it, but one symptom that plagues virtually every person with MS is the feeling of being tired all the time. … It may seem fruitless to distinguish between the nuances of tiredness, and yet, from a medical perspective, differentiating sleepiness from fatigue is key to getting proper treatment for your symptoms.

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