Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sleep Apnea and Psychology in CFS

Sleep Apnea and Psychological Functioning in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Journal: J Health Psychol. 2009 Nov;14(8):1251-1267.

Authors: Libman E, Creti L, Baltzan M, Rizzo D, Fichten CS, Bailes S.

Affiliation: SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, Concordia University, &
McGill University, Montreal, Canada. <>.

NLM Citation: PMID: 19858344

Objectives were to explore: (1) whether sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome
(SAHS) should be considered a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
comorbidity, rather than a diagnostic exclusion criterion; and (2) to
compare sleep/wake/ psychopathology in individuals with CFS, controls
and another illness.

Participants (CFS, SAHS, controls) completed questionnaires and were
evaluated for SAHS; 68 percent were subsequently diagnosed with SAHS.
CFS participants with and without SAHS did not differ. Both clinical
groups were less well adjusted than controls.

We conclude that SAHS should not be an exclusion criterion for CFS
and that psychological problems in CFS seem a consequence of coping with illness.


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