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Sleep Disorders in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sleep disorders are common among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), however, these disorders are not associated with disease activity and do not affect quality of life. This according to a study of 101 patients (mean age 48.7 years, 95% female) who attended a rheumatology clinic at a university hospital between October 2015 - May 2016. All patients were clinically examined and interviewed by physicians using a questionnaire. Researchers found:

  • Approximately 60% of participants were in the remission/low category of disease activity.
  • The prevalence rates of insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbance, risk of obstructive sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome were 63%, 20%, 20%, 37%, and 63%, respectively.
  • The distribution of sleep disorders was not affected by the disease activity.


Mustafa M, et al. Frequency of sleep disorders in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Open Access Rheumatol. 2019;11:163-171. doi:10.2147/OARRR.S201556.