Unrefreshing sleep

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Unrefreshing sleep is a light sleep that, even after a full night, doesn't leave you rested.

People with ME/CFS will often awaken feeling exhausted as if they have not slept.[citation needed]

It is a core symptom in the diagnosis of SEID (ME/CFS).[1]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

The "Report Guide for Clinicians" by the IOM and a part of the Institute of Medicine report states: "Despite the absence of a specific objective alteration in sleep architecture, the data are strong that the complaint of unrefreshing sleep is universal among patients with ME/CFS (SEID) when questions about sleep specifically address this issue. While polysomnography is not required to diagnose ME/CFS (SEID), its use to screen for treatable sleep disorders when indicated is appropriate. Diagnosis of a primary sleep disorder does not rule out a diagnosis of ME/CFS (SEID)."[2]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

  • In the Fukuda criteria, the symptom of unrefreshing sleep can be used to help form a diagnosis.[3]
  • In the SEID criteria, it is a mandatory core symptom.[1]

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Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome

Systematic Exertion Intolerance Disease. A new term with new diagnostic criteria designed to replace chronic fatigue syndrome.<ref name="IOM2015">{{citation

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