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Link Identified Between Sleep Disturbances and MS Related Fatigue

Lauren Strober PhD, a senior research scientist in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at the Kessler Foundation in the United States, has recently conducted a study to explore the association between sleep disturbance in people suffering from multiple sclerosis and secondary fatigue. The conclusions of her study “Fatigue in multiple sclerosis: a look at the role of poor sleep” were published in a recent edition of the journal Frontiers in Neurology, and indicated that there was a significant connection between sleep disturbance and MS related fatigue.
Fatigue is a common and disabling symptom for MS sufferers
Fatigue is a common and often disabling symptom for people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, and can be detrimental to both their daily functioning and well-being as it interferes with the ability to fully participate in routine activities, both in the workplace and within the wider community. Dr. Strober was interested to find out whether disturbed sleep was a contributing factor to this tiredness, as it is believed that quality of sleep experienced may be the main factor in MS related fatigue. Dr. Strober’s study was based on 107 people with MS, with 61% of the participants having reported that they were experiencing poor sleep. Her aim was to determine the contributing factors for fatigue in MS, in order to find ways to improve the quality of life for those who experience MS related fatigue. The study included routine screening for sleep problems.
Dr. Strober’s aim is to understand the impact of MS on employment
Dr. Strober has a wealth of experience in this area, and has received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Research in order to further her research. The main focus of her studies at the moment is the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on employment for those people with the condition as, as a group, their unemployment rate is as high as 80%. The Kessler Foundation is a public charity which is dedicated to finding ways to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

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