Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sleep apnea and chronic fatigue syndrome

Being tired is a big issue for sleep apnea sufferers who have yet to find an effective cure for their disorder. Of course it is no wonder when you consider that you wake up hundreds of times each night which eliminates any chance of getting a good night sleep. And you also probably know of the mental anguish that comes with lack of sleep such as irritability and loss of memory even depression. You may also have something that is known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

According the CDC chronic fatigue syndrome is” or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Persons with CFS most often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before the onset of illness.”

What causes it?

The general cause of CFS is unknown but it is believed that the end result of many conditions cause CFS.

What treatments are available?

Treating CFS can be difficult since the cause of it is unknown. Counseling and therapy are sometimes used as well as antidepressants.

What is the connection between CFS and sleep apnea?

Since not getting enough rest is a symptom of CFS sleep apnea would have to be considered a trigger of CFS. If the sleep apnea is cured by cpap or surgical means that would probably help with the CFS.

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