According to a report in The Egyptian Rheumatologist, women with systemic lupus erythematosus experience greater sleep disturbance than healthy women. More than 75% of women with lupus have poor sleep quality. Even though there was a higher frequency and clinical severity of sleep problems in women with lupus, only 30% reported using sleep medication.
There were 60 participants in the study (30 women with lupus and 30 without the disease). They were evaluated using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index for seven components of sleep: subjective sleep quality, sleep latency, sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, use of sleep medications, and daytime dysfunction. Women with lupus showed significantly greater sleep disturbance when the seven components were compared with the healthy participants. The biggest difference between the lupus group and the healthy group was daytime dysfunction. Two factors were noted upon analysis of what contributed to greater sleep disturbance in women with lupus -- disease activity and organ damage.
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