People with physician-diagnosed gout reported frequent sleep disorders and daytime sleepiness in an Internet survey, a recent study found. A brief anonymized Internet survey of people with physician-diagnosed gout who visited a gout education website assessed the frequency of sleep problems, sleep quality over the past 24 hours (0=best possible sleep, 10=worst possible sleep), daytime sleepiness on a typical day (0=none and 10=most sleepy during the day), sleep quantity (number of hours of sleep), and the frequency of snoring or gasping, and snorting or stopping breathing during the sleep, using validated questionnaires, including the NHANES 2016 sleep questionnaire. Researchers found:
- 320 survey respondents reported physician-diagnosed gout.
- Mean age was 57 years, 72% were male, 77% were white, and mean gout duration was 7.6.
- Of the respondents, 23% reported doctor-diagnosed sleep disorder (sleep apnea, 17%; sleep study ordered, diagnosis pending, 4%; other sleep disorder 2%).
- A mean 6.7 hours of sleep per night was reported.
- 86% reported snoring during sleep and 45% reported having snorted, gasped, or stopped breathing while asleep.
- Two-thirds of the patients reported feeling sleepy during the day, at least ≥3–4 times a month.
Singh JA. Self-reported sleep quality and sleep disorders in people with physician-diagnosed gout: An Internet cross-sectional survey. [Published online ahead of print January 25, 2019]. Arthritis Res Ther. doi:10.1186/s13075-019-1821-2