The Silent Impact: More than 40 percent of skin disease patients are suffering sleep disorders.
For these types of people having skincul disease like atopic dermatitis (ecma), psoriasis and acnes, their symptoms includes itching and tenderness making sleeping hard. And complexities are not stopping here as well.
A large-scale research on patients with skin ailments in about twenty countries points out that more than forty percent experience sleep problems that impair their bodies and productivity at work.
Unveiled on October 13 at the 2023 Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), this yet-to-be-published research exposes a striking statistic: over 7,000 of approximately 17,000 respondents claimed to suffer sleeplessness due to skins issues.
“Overall, almost half of the patients affected by skin problems had sleeping problems which were mainly induced by the itchiness experienced in 60% of cases and burning, stinging effect observed in other 17% of cases,” says Charles Taieb, the study’s leader and
According to Taieb, “these sleep problems had significant effect on patient’s lives. As much as 49% of patients with skin condition experienced decrease in their work effectiveness because of lack of sleep”.
The Toll on Daytime Functioning
The respondents of the study were found to be experiencing about 8 times out of ten, cases of day time sleepiness. Thirty-three percent said that they felt tired when waking up; seventy percent had persistent yawning, and fifty eight percent had eye itching. Out of every four individuals, about seventy percent felt concentration became elusive.
It was found that compared to almost 33,000 individuals without skin problems, more comparative signs of sleep disturbances were noted among those with skin conditions. Approximately 20 percent of the healthy patients showed decreased WPU but sleepiness was found in only about half of them, while other manifestations were registered at a rate of 10 to 20 per cent.
“Albert Chiou, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at Stanford Health Care, stressed, “The results indicate that we are likely underreporting the effects of some of these skin diseases on people’s quality of life. Obviously, the symptoms are interfering with sleep
Participants were almost forty years old with at least 42% males and above 57% females. This formed part of Project ALL – an extensive worldwide program aimed at collecting information about different types of skin disorders. beginnetjeńskie pogłoski:
Impact of Stress on Symptoms
According to Dr. Anthony Rossi dermatologist based in New York City who is aligned with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer centre, itching has been a contributing factor in various sleep disorders especially in patients with atopic dermatitis. In this regard, he writes that “children and others with itchiness due to an underlying skin diseases claim that they either never manage to sleep or wake up with some itchiness”. Such cyclical processes imply that sleeplessness will increase anxiety, aggravate symptoms, and make one