People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often times experience fatigue. According to a new study, people with MS commonly have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as well, and OSA can significantly contribute to debilitating fatigue.
Researchers at from University of Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Center and the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, studied 195 MS patients. The patients filled out a sleep questionnaire and validated tools to assess their daytime sleepiness, insomnia severity, fatigue severity and OSA risk.
The study showed that while only one-fifth of the MS patients had OSA, more than half of the MS patients had an increased risk for developing the chronic sleep disorder. After adjusting for factors such as gender, age, BMI, sleep duration, and depression, the researchers concluded that OSA risk strongly predicted the severity of fatigue.
Getting OSA treatment could lead to less fatigue among people with MS. It is vital to speak with a licensed physician or sleep specialist for sleep issues. Keep in mind that the quality of your sleep is just as important getting the necessary 7-9 hours of sleep every night!