How Multiple Sclerosis Affects Your Sleep

By Elizabeth Millard, Dec 20, 2023

Characterized by difficulty falling asleep or waking up and struggling to get back to sleep, insomnia can, in addition to wrecking the next day, exacerbate some MS symptoms, the National Multiple Sclerosis society reports. What’s the connection between MS and staring at the ceiling at 3:30am? A couple factors, according to Alex Dimitriu, M.D., psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in California. For one, medications commonly used for MS, such as steroids, can make it difficult to wind down in the evening, and that can be exacerbated by anxiety over being unable to fall asleep.

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