What is the significance of sleep difficulties in women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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In a population-based sample of 3397 women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), more than half reported poor sleep quality, sleep duration of 6 hours or less, or trouble sleeping due to symptoms. Short sleep duration was significantly associated with greater impairment in IC/BPS quality of life and poorer self-reported physical health. Poor sleep quality was significantly associated with greater quality of life impairment, poorer physical health, and increased sexual dysfunction. Nocturnal IC/BPS symptoms were significantly associated with greater IC/BPS impairment, poorer physical and mental health, and greater sexual dysfunction. [43]


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