Multiple sclerosis (MS) and a good night’s sleep seem to be mutually exclusive. I seriously doubt that anyone with MS will reply in the comments that the disease has blessed them with the best sleep of their lives. Yet I used the word “seem” because when writing about any symptom of a consistently inconsistent disease, it’s unwise to deal in absolutes.
What’s safe to say is that the majority of people with MS report problems with sleep. This feels tragically ironic, because rest is one of the things we need most. My fatigue, especially the sleepiness and cognitive aspects, otherwise known as brain fog, would most likely benefit from, or perhaps even improve with, proper sleep.
I should be perfectly aware of this, because in Army Ranger school, we were deliberately deprived of sleep to induce mental and physical stress. But I didn’t immediately make the connection. I’m going to blame insomnia for that.