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Younger age, female sex, and high number of awakenings and arousals predict fatigue in patients with sleep disorders: a retrospective polysomnographic observational study

Authors Veauthier C

Received 30 June 2013

Accepted for publication 3 August 2013

Published 30 September 2013 Volume 2013:9 Pages 1483—1494


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Christian Veauthier1,2

Department of Neurology, Hanse-Klinikum, Stralsund, Germany; 2Department of Neurology, Centre Hospitalier de Belfort-Montbéliard (CHBM), Montbéliard, France

Background: The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) is widely used to assess fatigue, not only in the context of multiple sclerosis-related fatigue, but also in many other medical conditions. Some polysomnographic studies have shown high FSS values in sleep-disordered patients without multiple sclerosis. The Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) has increasingly been used in order to assess fatigue, but polysomnographic data investigating sleep-disordered patients are thus far unavailable. Moreover, the pathophysiological link between sleep architecture and fatigue measured with the MFIS and the FSS has not been previously investigated.
Methods: This was a retrospective observational study (n = 410) with subgroups classified according to sleep diagnosis. The statistical analysis included nonparametric correlation between questionnaire results and polysomnographic data, age and sex, and univariate and multiple logistic regression.
Results: The multiple logistic regression showed a significant relationship between FSS/MFIS values and younger age and female sex. Moreover, there was a significant relationship between FSS values and number of arousals and between MFIS values and number of awakenings.
Conclusion: Younger age, female sex, and high number of awakenings and arousals are predictive of fatigue in sleep-disordered patients. Further investigations are needed to find the pathophysiological explanation for these relationships.

Keywords: fatigue, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, polysomnography, Modified Fatigue Impact Scale, Fatigue Severity Scale, nocturnal awakening, age

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