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January 11, 2010 at 8:46 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a Healthy Night's Sleep

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Defining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can affect normal daily activities to become an exhaustive process for those feeling its symptoms. While the origins and causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are still unknown, the symptoms have been linked to stress, poor dietary effects, and illnesses with long-term effects. The effects of chronic fatigue syndrome can vary in length for an individual, ranging from a month, to a few years, to even several years after its onset.

Effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on the Body

Chronic fatigue syndrome has several symptoms that can affect a person's energy level, as well as their state of mind: Fatigue, cognitive difficulty, postexertional fatigue, restlessness after sleep, depression, and flu-like symptoms. Without proper treatment, chronic fatigue syndrome can cause a long-term decline on the overall quality of life, and can cause an interruption in several important internal routines, such as sleep.

Sleep and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome can cause many issues with memory retention and physical activity. One of the most prominent symptoms is the continual feelings of being tired and weak. Despite feeling tired of the time, it is very hard for a chronic fatigue syndrome patient to feel "rested," no matter how much sleep they have had the night before. There are things that can be done in order to ensure a good night's sleep. What is important is that a person must set and remain consistent with their sleep habits in order to ensure rest.

Working to Improve Sleep Patterns

It is important to only go to bed when tired. Keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature, and free of all light and sound distractions. Use a support pillow to stabilize the head and neck during sleep. Try to set a sleep schedule that allows for getting up at the same time each day, regardless of feeling rested. Take naps if needed, but keep them short, and not later in the day. If unable to fall asleep, get out of bed, and perform quiet activity (such as reading or listening to music) until tired. Maintaining regular exercise also helps to allow for easier sleep, but it is important to not exercise at least two hours before bedtime. Avoid large meals caffeine, tobacco and especially alcohol before going to sleep. Antidepressants can also help to remove the feelings of anxiety and depression associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sleeping pills are another short term remedy, but long-term usage should be avoided to the medicine's addictive qualities.

Consult with Your Doctor

Due to its relatively unknown nature, chronic fatigue syndrome can affect individual people differently. While chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to diagnose, and there is no known long-term cure, its tiring effects can be managed enough to allow for a relatively active and maintainable lifestyle. As with any health concern, it is important to maintain an open rapport with a physician to see which recovery techniques with be the most beneficial and effective.


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