Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Imaarl, a fashion worker from London, remains in a dreamlike trance and acts erratically during the few hours when her family wake her to ensure she eats, drinks and uses the bathroom. She relies on round-the-clock care and assistance from her mother Kerry Griffiths, 46, and sister Shahnequa Duprey, 21. Its had a really big impact on me and my family, Imaarl said. I need constant supervision. My sister has been forced to miss university lectures and my mum has taken a lot of time off work. The condition has become a punishment for them, as well as me.
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When they performed sleep studies of 343 people meeting the Fukuda definition of ME/CFS, they found that 104 – nearly a third – had a primary sleep disorder that explained their symptoms, and thus didn’t have ME/CFS at all. A 1/3 misdiagnosis rate is enough of a reason to look more closely for sleep disorders. In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset. Researchers concluded that doctors need to routinely screen for sleep disorders when considering an ME/CFS diagnosis, and that they should use sleep studies to identify sleep problems and tailor treatments to the specific groups.
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Get Some Sleep: ADHD, sleep disorders often entwined
Michelle January 7, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse | mkassowitz Stories with “ADHD” and “diagnosis” and “treatment” together are scary because the industry that has labeled ADHD as a disease, psychiatry, actually can’t define its symptoms. The bottom line is that people who don’t get enough sleep are going to exhibit a lot of non-optimum behaviors. These are then being labeled as “symptoms” by an industry that sees drugs as the solution to everything, including everyday life. Trouble sleeping? Get some vitamins for that. http://sleepvites.com January 7, 2011 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply Jorma J.
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