Sunday, 13 January 2013

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: How Does It Affect Sleep?

Disrupted sleep is a hallmark of chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue is associated with a range of sleep problems, including:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Non-restorative sleep (waking feeling tired even after sufficient or prolonged periods of rest)
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy  

Despite the frequency with which people with chronic fatigue syndrome experience sleep disturbances, the connection between sleep and chronic fatigue—like so much else about the disorder—is not well understood. [Ed note: And even less likely to be treated.]

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