The results of this survey are surprising:
- Only 12% of respondents don’t have a sleep problem, this figure is astounding and will need to be confirmed in more formal and systematic studies.
- Pain and anxiety are the most common symptoms that affect sleep in MSers. Both of these symptoms are treatable therefore we are letting you down. Please bring this to the attention of your neurologists or specialist nurse.
- 38% of respondent have other factors that affect their sleep; we need to explore this further.
Due to this survey I am going to launch a research study or clinical audit to investigate sleep in MS further. Clearly we can do a lot to improve things. Poor sleep has a major impact on daytime functioning and fatigue, step one to treat fatigue is to get a good night’s sleep.
Any thoughts on this from your personal experience?