Sleep and MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can have a significant impact on sleep, and sleep disturbances are common among people with the disease.

Some of the symptoms of MS such as pain, spasticity, and fatigue can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Additionally, the disease can also cause sleep disorders such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea.

Additionally, some medications used to treat MS symptoms can also affect sleep. For example, beta interferons, a type of medication commonly used to treat relapsing-remitting MS, may cause insomnia, while other medications such as muscle relaxants may cause drowsiness.
It’s important for people with MS to get enough sleep, as it can help to manage symptoms and improve overall health. Some strategies to help improve sleep include:

● Establishing a regular sleep schedule and sticking to it
● Creating a comfortable sleep environment
● Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, especially in the evening
● Relaxing before bedtime with activities such as reading or listening to calming music
● Practicing good sleep hygiene
● Talking to your healthcare provider about medications that may help to improve sleep symptoms

It’s also important to work with your healthcare team to identify the cause of sleep disturbances, and to develop strategies to manage them.

For more info: Too Little Good Quality Sleep During Teenage Years May Heighten Subsequent Multiple Sclerosis Risk

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