Struggling to sleep through the night is a common frustration for people with MS. Finding sleep strategies that help can have big benefits according to new research.
With MS, getting the right amount of rest can be incredibly difficult. This often leads to a treatment approach of managing sleep patterns, and looking to minimize stress and pain triggers.
Triggers vary for individuals, but there are some common ones:
- lack of sleep
- UV light
Even these triggers can interact together. In a study exploring the causes of fatigue, researchers concluded that fatigue is a “multidimensional phenomenon arising out of several contributing factors.” To treat fatigue, researchers suggested focusing on the mediating factors: stress, sleep, and disease activity.
A study published in May 2018 explored the the impact of sleep disturbances further. The researchers found that sleep disturbances and depression were mediating variables for both pain and cognitive disfunction. They concluded that non-pharmacologic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, may reduce stress and improve functioning.