Is Lack of Sleep an Obstacle to HIV Treatment Adherence?
September 12, 2011
Past studies have shown that over 70 percent of people living with HIV-positive have had issues sleeping, compared to 10 percent to 35 percent of the general population.
Lack of sleep can make one more susceptible to developing colds; it can impair your memory and can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Most importantly, according to new data out of the University of California, San Francisco, not getting enough Zzz's can also negatively impact the likelihood of someone adhering to their HIV medications.
Results showed that 68 percent of study participants reported sleep pattern changes, 50 percent reported difficulty falling or staying asleep, and 21 percent reported problems with vivid dreams.
Researchers suggest that health care providers need to screen for sleep issues and treat them in order to improve adherence.
The study also found other factors that created obstacles to adherence: Depression and suicidal thoughts, bouts with homelessness, drug abuse and race (African-Americans were 35 percent more likely to not adhere to therapy compared to their white counterparts).
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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