How many of you guys have sleep issues? i.e jolting and gasping for air as you drop off, waking up several times at night, feeling drugged in the morning?
Have any of you had migraines? I know I get occular ones.
My sleep-breathing paradigm easily explains the link between migraines and MS via the following mechanism: Migraines are a common symptom of poor quality sleep due to an inability to breathe properly at night. By definition, all modern humans are susceptible to these events, where only the extreme end of the spectrum is called obstructive sleep apnea. If you're not able to sleep deeply, then your entire nervous system is hypersensitive, causing an over-reaction to your senses, leading to symptoms such as headaches, TMJ, sinus pain and pressure.
MS is thought to be an autoimmune condition with flareups of inflammation and "plaques" in any part of the brain that are seen on MRI. Sleep apnea is known to cause not only chronic sympathetic nervous system overload, but also thickening of the blood with patients being prone to either diminished blood flow or small microscopic clots in the brain. Studies have shown that sleep apnea patients have multiple areas of decreased gray matter density in various parts of the brain. This could in theory lead to either "lesions" in the brain, neurotransmitter abnormalities, or hormonal dysfunction
From another site regarding MS and sleep apnea:
Going for a comprehensive general sleep study can help to determine if sleep apnea is a concern for each of us, who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which may be preventing the ability of our bodies to help to reverse the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on attacking and damaging our nervous systems.