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Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue Linked with Poor Sleep and Task Length

The fatigue often experienced by those with multiple sclerosis is linked to poor sleep and difficulty completing tasks.

Multiple sclerosis fatigue linked with poor sleep and task length.
Whether we have multiple sclerosis (MS), or not, all of us feel some level of tiredness or fatigue at some point in our lives. However, multiple sclerosis fatigue is different from “normal” tiredness. People without Multiple sclerosis have no problem in doing simple tasks such as going to the bank or going to the grocery store. But for individuals with MS, the fatigue can make even such simple tasks almost impossible.

MS related fatigue is the most common of all MS symptoms, with more than 90% of people affected by MS reporting MS fatigue in some studies. But problem is that multiple sclerosis patients, accept fatigue as a normal part of their life, and feel it is not important enough to mention to their doctors. Even Health care providers may overlook MS tiredness and MS exhaustion concentrate more on the physical signs and symptoms of MS, such as weakness, mobility problems spasticity, and vision problems.

Multiple sclerosis-related fatigue linked to poor sleep

In a recent study, Lauren Strober PhD studied the link between secondary fatigue in MS patients and sleep.

Dr. Strober is a senior research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, and an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Her current research focuses on the impact of MS on employment of individuals with MS, a group with unemployment rates as high as 80%.

According to Dr. Strober, fatigue hampers daily functioning and well-being. It clearly disrupts a person’s ability to participate in the community and the workplace. She believes that by determining what contributes to fatigue in MS patients, we can keep people engaged in work and social activities and improve their quality of life.

As part of her study Dr. Strober analyzed 107 employed individuals with multiple sclerosis. She found that 61% of them reported poor sleep. On further probing she found that sleep disturbances accounted for 25% of the variance in fatigue while depression accounted for another 7%.

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