MS and Sleep: Strategies for Battling Sleep Disturbances
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often need strategies for battling sleep disturbances. More than half of people with multiple sclerosis experience a sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing (also known as sleep apnea), rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, or restless legs syndrome.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord, also referred to as the central nervous system. Symptoms vary among people with MS, but motor and cognitive problems are among the most common — along with sleep disturbances.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.