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Something that’s bothered me since my multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2013 relates to my line of work: sleep medicine; specifically, sleep technology and patient education.
One of the challenges I faced getting diagnosed involved sleep problems for which I sought help years before I was diagnosed with MS.
For World Sleep Day on March 13, I wish to see multiple sclerosis and sleep researchers join forces to better understand these relationships.
Sleeping through diagnoses
In 2009, I went to my general practitioner with complaints about excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) after face-planting into my laptop during a live session with a writing client.
At that time, I worked as a developmental editor and found it increasingly difficult to stay awake to do my job.
I followed the typical protocol for complaints related to EDS by:
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