Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C


This clinical literature review examines the importance of sleep and its impact on adult female patients with lupus. Sleep disorders are common concerns encountered in primary care settings, and several studies have observed a correlation between sleep deprivation and the risk of lupus. An estimated 56%-80.5% of lupus patients report poor sleep quality. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder with multiple sub-types and presents with various characteristics, primarily among child-bearing age women. The cause for the onset of lupus is not always identifiable, and there is no cure. Given diagnostic and treatment challenges, providers should know the possible connection between lupus and sleep disturbance and screen appropriately. Additional studies are needed to elucidate the link between quality sleep and the reduction of lupus symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stress, physical inactivity, depression, and anxiety.


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