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Sleep disorders in multiple sclerosis 

Sleep disorders in multiple sclerosis
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Sleep disorders in multiple sclerosis
Author(s):

Luigi Ferini-Strambi

, and Sara Marelli

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199682003.003.0033
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date: 25 February 2020

Though often unrecognized, sleep disorders in MS are seen at higher frequency than the general population, and they may contribute to pain, fatigue and depression—symptoms commonly observed in MS patients. Since several immunological factors in serum have been implicated in the development of sleep disorders, and MS is proven to be characterized by immune abnormalities, the notion that MS and sleep disorders share a similar background seems reasonable. Investigation of sleep disorders in MS is important, especially considering that the treatment of sleep disturbance may contribute to a reduction in debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue. Thus, an increased clinical awareness and appropriate treatment of sleep disorders in the MS population may significantly improve the overall quality of life in these patients.

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