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American Academy of Sleep Medicine  |  Jun 13, 2009
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A study that was presented at SLEEP 2009 in Seattle, Wash., examined the effect of marriage on sleep.

The study involved 360 middle-aged women with an average age of 51 years. They reported their relationship status at annual visits. Their sleep also was monitored for three nights.

Results show that women who were stably married had better subjective and objective sleep than unmarried women. Women who lost a partner during the eight-year follow-up period had the worst sleep.

The sleep of women who gained a partner during the study was similar to that of women in stable marriages. But study author Wendy Troxel, PhD, told the AASM that newlyweds were more restless.

“We discovered that these women had more restless sleep than the always married women,” said Troxel. “We speculate that these findings may reflect a ‘newlywed effect.’ These women may be less adjusted to sleeping with their partner than the ‘stably married’ women.”


Earlier in 2009 Troxel published a study linking sleep to marital happiness. Results show that happily married women reported fewer sleep disturbances.

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  1. 1 Zauberfee 10 Nov
    They are probably wtiaing to see how your symptoms develop to indicate which autoimmune disease is more likely. I'm sure your anxious, so here are a few things you might want to ask about (though you may have covered them already). You have probably been tested for ANA, antinuclear antibodies. This test is positive in about 90% of lupus patients, and also high numbers of other autoimmune sufferers. If you are positive, then the pattern of the ANA (e.g., speckled, diffuse) can tell the doctors more about which conditions are likely. Another thing to consider is an MRI of your brain, if you haven't already received one. A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis requires visual confirmation of 2 lesions on the brain. A complication of lupus, CNS vasculitis, can also cause similar lesions, but is much less common and particularly unlikely at this stage given your specific symptoms. Therefore, an MRI could be extremely helpful. Another test that can be helpful in ruling out MS is a spinal tap. I'm not qualified to say this, but I can't help noticing that your symptoms are highly indicative of lupus, and not really of MS. You do not mention any of the tell-tale signs of MS involvement of the vision; paresthesias; headaches; tightness in the chest, etc. Neither Raynaud's nor Sjogren's is commonly assosciated with MS, while they are classic indicators of lupus, especially appearing together. However, be sure also that your doctors do not miss the possibility of other autoimmune conditions with less cache', such as Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder.

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