A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found that patients with lupus had more sleep problems than the general US population. In addition, psychosocial factors like depression and anxiety were associated with difficulty sleeping.
Researchers studied 118 lupus patients at the University of Chicago Rheumatology Clinic. Each completed a survey to evaluate their sleep habits called the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Sleep Scale survey. Patients with lupus had poorer MOS Sleep Scale scores than the general population. Depression and anxiety closely correlated with sleep disturbances.