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Focus on: sleep problems in MS

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It’s thought that sleep disturbances are experienced by around half of people with MS, yet sleep disorders are still under-recognised and under-diagnosed among this group of people.

We spoke to consultant neurologist, Dr Kirstie Anderson who has a special interest in sleep problems to find out more. Here she talks about which sleep disorders are more common in MS and shares her tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

There’s no such thing as a single number that’s right for everyone – it’s personal to you. The key question I ask everybody is, “when you wake up do you feel refreshed?” If the answer’s “yes,” you’re probably sleeping enough for you.

Normal sleep is taken in chunks. Absolutely nobody – the best sleeper or the worst sleeper in the world – sleeps through uninterrupted for 7 or 8 hours.

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