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Sleep Apnea and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune-debilitating disease of the central nervous system that causes inflammation and damage to the protective sheath that covers the nerves. This damage causes interference in how the brain and spinal cord communicate to the rest of the body. In addition to neurological disability, MS patients experience a number of chronic symptoms such as: insomnia, daytime sleepiness and the most common of which is fatigue. Fatigue is the most recognized and disabling symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, underlying causes of the frequency of fatigue are often overlooked.

Multiple Sclerosis, Sleep Apnea and Fatigue

Fatigue is known to be a common symptom for those with MS and it has recently been researched that this fatigue can be increased in those with MS who also live with sleep apnea.  At the University of Michigan Multiple Sclerosis and Sleep Disorders Center, an assistant professor, Dr Tiffany Braley conducted and wrote a small study of MS patients who also experienced sleep disorders. This study consisted of 195 MS patients who completed a sleep questionnaire and were tested for daytime sleepiness, insomnia, fatigue severity and sleep apnea.

High Risk for Sleep Apnea

In the findings, 1/5 of the patients were diagnosed with sleep apnea and an additional 50% had an elevated risk of being diagnosed with sleep apnea.  The researchers added that the increased sleep apnea risk significantly predicted fatigue severity.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic illness that can have a destructive impact on your health and quality of life,” and MS patients at high risk for sleep apnea should undergo a comprehensive sleep evaluation, academy president Dr. M. Safwan Badr said in the news release.

As has been the struggle for those attempting to increase awareness of sleep apnea, yet another group of patients, those suffering with MS, have be recognized as a set of people for which sleep apnea is under-recognized.  The researchers concluded that doctors should not hesitate to check patients with MS for underlying sleep conditions such as sleep apnea.

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