People with psoriatic disease experience poor sleep, highlights new study

psoriatic arthritis, psoriatic disease, sleep, insomnia, anxiety, arthritis magagzineSleep is a major issue for people with psoriatic disease, says new research in the Journal of Rheumatology.

A team of scientists looked at sleep in 113 people with psoriatic arthritis, 62 people with psoriasis without arthritis and 52 healthy people.

The prevalence of poor sleep quality was 84% in people with psoriatic arthritis, 69% in people with psoriasis and no arthritis and 50% in healthy people.

Levels of anxiety and fatigue were associated with worse sleep in people with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis than healthy people. And

tender or swollen joints were associated with worse sleep in people with psoriatic arthritis.

“Patients with psoriatic disease have poor sleep quality,” the researchers explain. “Poor sleep is associated with fatigue, anxiety, and lower EQ-5D [a standard measure of health]. In patients with psoriatic arthritis, poor sleep is associated with active joint inflammation.”

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