My partner has been recently diagnosed with MS. She is having difficulty sleeping through the night and is "hotter". She needs a fan directly on her while trying to sleep. Appreciate your thoughts.
There are many reasons people with MS, especially women, may feel hotter at night and require a fan or air conditioning to sleep. The most common reason is hormonal fluctuations as a woman approaches menopause (for various reasons menopause may occur earlier in some MS patients). MS may also affect temperature regulatory mechanisms, such as normal vasodilation in the skin, and make a person feel hotter. Lastly, certain medications like those given to patients at night to control bladder urgency and nocturnia may create problems with temperature regulation. Have your partner discuss these issues with her doctor and see if he or she can find a remedial cause.
-Rip Kinkel, MD