Friday, 1 Jul 2022

Sleep problems not a major issue in rheumatoid arthritis

Sleep problems not a major issue in rheumatoid arthritis

Sleep problems are not excessive in patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study recently published in RMD Open.

Lauren Lyne, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues investigated sleep quality and duration in 3,265 patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (1998 to 2018) and during one to 12 years after diagnosis.

The researchers found that problems with at least one sleep domain (global sleep score) were reported in 38 percent of the observations and increased with disease duration. Individuals had a median time in bed of eight hours. There was an increased likelihood of sleep problems observed with high-grade pain (about a threefold to ninefold increase), as well as increased functional impairment (about a fourfold to eightfold increase).

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