How MS affects sleep

If you have MS, you might find that some of your symptoms make sleeping difficult. Read on for more information about how multiple sclerosis affects sleep, and find ways to make sleeping easier.

Sleep problems are common with MS and may affect sleep up to several nights a week. Sleep problems may include waking up every hour and lying awake hoping for sleep. When morning arrives, some people with MS will find that they haven't slept one single "z's" worth! Some people with MS have trouble sleeping because of headaches, a stiff neck, and the nighttime sudden body movements that make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult.

Other sleep-disrupting symptoms specific to people with MS include painful muscle spasms, the need to urinate frequently at night, and involuntary twitching called periodic limb movements.

Some people with MS also have difficulty swallowing during sleep or experience brief, temporary periods of not breathing during sleep, a condition known as sleep apnea. This condition is sometimes accompanied by gasping, choking, or violent snoring.

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