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Sleep dysfunction is very common in ME/CFS patients, although it can take a very wide range of forms, with unrefreshing sleep being particularly common. The prevalence of sleep disorders in ME/CFS is estimated at 56%.[1]

Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from sleep disorders.[2]

Types of Sleep dysfunction[edit | edit source]

Some of these sleep dysfunctions include:

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • Depending on the criteria used for diagnosis, prevalence can vary greatly.
  • In a 2001 Belgian study, 91.9% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 94.8% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported sleep disturbances.[7]
  • A 2017 study by Davidson, et al, found up to 96.8% of people with CFS report unrefreshing sleep and many describe changes in sleep over the course of their illness.[8]

According to the published evidence, the mean prevalence of sleep disorders in patients with CFS is estimated at 56%.[9]

Year N Prevalence Sleep disorders included
Krupp et al.[10] 1993 16 62% OSAHS, PLMD, narcolepsy, hypersomnia
Morriss et al.[11] 1993 12 58% Maintenance insomnia
Buchwald et al.[12] 1994 59 81% OSAHS, hypersomnia
Le Bon et al.[13] 2000 53 46% OSAHS
Fossey et al.[14] 2004 37 58% OSAHS, narcolepsy
Reeves et al.[15] 2006 43 25% OSAHS, PLMD
Majer et al.[16] 2007 35 30% OSAHS, PLMD, ISS
Libman et al.[17] 2009 66 68% OSAHS
Creti et al.[18] 2010 49 69% OSAHS, PLMD
65% Chronic insomnia
Mean 56.2%

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

Sleep dysfunction is a core requirement to meet the diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS according to the 2003 Canadian Consensus Criteria,[19] the 2007 Nightingale definition,[20] and the 2015 Institute of Medicine report.[21]

Sleep dysfunction is an optional symptom in the 1988 Holmes criteria,[22] the 1991 Oxford criteria,[23] the 1994 Fukuda criteria,[24] the 2005 Reeves criteria,[25] the 2007 NICE guidelines,[26] the 2012 International Consensus Criteria.[27], and the 2014 London criteria.[28]

Sleep dysfunction is not a criteria listed for diagnosis with the 1986 Ramsay definition.[29]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2007, Paradoxical NREMS Distribution in “Pure” Chronic Fatigue Patients: A Comparison with Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Patients and Healthy Control Subjects[30] - (Abstract)
  • 2012, Sleep Abnormalities in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Review[31] - (Full Text)
  • 2017, Sleep Quality in Adolescents With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)[32] - (Full text)
  • 2018, Circadian rhythm abnormalities and autonomic dysfunction in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis[33] - (Full Text)
  • 2018, The putative role of oxidative stress and inflammation in the pathophysiology of sleep dysfunction across neuropsychiatric disorders: Focus on chronic fatigue syndrome, bipolar disorder and multiple sclerosis[34] - (Abstract)
  • 2018, Association of sleep disorders, chronic pain, and fatigue with survival in patients with chronic kidney disease: A meta-analysis of clinical trials[35] - (Abstract)

Treatment[edit | edit source]

Treatment can include non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, or benzodiazepine hypnotics (benzos), other sedatives, sedating antidepressants, cannabiniods (CBD), melatonin, vitamin B12, meditation and good sleep hygiene practices.

Medications, including:

Supplements and natural remedies include :No pages meet these criteria.

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "Fibromyalgia Sufferers Have Difficulty Maintaining Continuous Sleep, Study Says". National Pain Report. March 25, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
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  6. Cambras, Trinitat; Castro-Marrero, Jesús; Zaragoza, Maria Cleofé; Díez-Noguera, Antoni; Alegre, José (June 6, 2018). "Circadian rhythm abnormalities and autonomic dysfunction in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis". PLOS ONE. 13 (6): e0198106. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0198106. ISSN 1932-6203. PMID 29874259.
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