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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms Confirmed

Monday 23 October 2017


From Cosmos: The Science of Everything:


Child sleeping
Poor sleep and difficulty rising are hallmarks
of adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome.
(Credit: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images)

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms confirmed

Electronic monitoring helps researchers better understand a difficult condition. Andrew Masterson reports.

23 October 2017

Sleep problems reported by young people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been confirmed by electronic monitoring, opening the way for more accurate diagnosis of the condition.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, enrolled a small group of teenagers with CFS and kitted each of them out with an actigraphy watch – a device that monitors motor activity and sleep patterns.

During a two week trial, the data showed that the volunteers took longer to fall asleep than unaffected adolescents. They also slept longer and rose later. The electronic findings correlated with the participants’ self-reports, which also indicated poor sleep quality.

The objective measures achieved through using the actigraphy sensors are important because CFS diagnosis based on GP assessment is often an unreliable affair.

Earlier this year a study published in the journal Fatigue found that under- and over-diagnosis of the condition was rife.


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