What sleep disturbances are associated with pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Jun 03, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Sleep disturbances are common in those with atopic dermatitis. [41, 42] They have reduced sleep efficiency, longer sleep onset latency, more sleep fragmentation, and less nonrapid eye movement sleep. Reduced nocturnal melatonin secretion may be linked. Mothers may also experience sleep disturbance and exhaustion as a result of their child’s atopic dermatitis. [43]


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