Sleep abnormalities demonstrated by home polysomnography in teenagers with chronic fatigue syndrome

J Psychosom Res. 1998 Jul;45(1):85-91. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3999(98)00024-5.


To provide objective information about sleep physiology in young people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), home polysomnography (PSG) was performed on 18 teenagers, aged 11-17 years, in whom CFS had been diagnosed according to internationally accepted criteria. The results were compared with those for healthy controls matched individually for gender and age. Compared with controls, CFS subjects showed significantly higher levels of sleep disruption by both brief and longer awakenings. Disruption of sleep in this way could at least contribute to the daytime symptoms of young people with CFS. The underlying cause of the disruption needs to be considered in each individual case. Further research is required to clarify the relative contribution of this neurobiological aspect of CFS in young people.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / complications
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Matched-Pair Analysis
  • Polysomnography*
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / complications
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric