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How will your doctor check to see if you have good sleep habits if you have chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Many people with ME/CFS have some kind of sleep disorder. Getting a good (or at least better) night’s sleep could help you feel less tired during the day.

First, your doctor will probably make sure you have good sleep habits. These include sticking to a regular bedtime and wake time and keeping your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

FDA: “Side effects of sleep drugs.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Consumer Reports: “Sleeping pills for insomnia: Which ones work best?”

National Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Foundation: “The Importance of Orthostatic Intolerance in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Clinicaltrials.gov, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

FDA: “Side effects of sleep drugs.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Consumer Reports: “Sleeping pills for insomnia: Which ones work best?”

National Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Foundation: “The Importance of Orthostatic Intolerance in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Clinicaltrials.gov, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

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