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Sleep disturbances in outpatients with ankylosing spondylitisa questionnaire study with gender implications
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2000 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0300-9742, E-ISSN 1502-7732, Vol. 29, no 6, 365-369 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: To study the sleep pattern in ankylosing spondylitis, and to investigate gender differences in sleep, pain, and fatigue. METHODS: Forty-three male and 27 female patients with ankylosing spondylitis completed a sleep questionnaire and the results were compared with earlier findings in 3,558 persons randomly selected from the general population. RESULTS: Too little sleep was reported by 80.8% of the female and 50.0% of the male patients, compared to 28.8% and 21.8% respectively in the reference group (p<0.0001). The main reason was pain in the pre-sleep and sleep-periods (p<0.0001). Daytime fatigue was a major problem (p<0.0001). Higher correlation was found between pain and daytime fatigue than between sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue. CONCLUSION: Sleep disturbance is a significant problem in ankylosing spondylitis. The disturbance is closely related to pain at bedtime and during the night. Gender differences exist in the subjective sleep disturbance, fatigue, and pain.

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2000. Vol. 29, no 6, 365-369 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122683PubMedID: 11132205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122683DiVA: diva2:310807
Available from: 2010-04-16 Created: 2010-04-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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