Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 22% suffer from chronic insomnia. Really? That’s new…

So far insomnia and the impact on quality of life was not in the focus of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) researcher. Now researchers from Portugal released a multicenter, hospital-based cross-sectional study that came up with surprising results.

22.3% of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients fulfilled the criteria for CID (chronic insomnia disorder). Factors for insomnia were female sex, anxiety, depression, fatigue, medical comorbidities.

Insomnia had a significantly negative effect on quality of life of MS sufferers.

Take-home message for patients and doctors: watch out for signs of insomnia and treat it accordingly to minimize the negative effect on quality of life.

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Reference: Science direct