Skin disorders and sleep in adults: where is the evidence?

Sleep Med Rev. 2010 Dec;14(6):351-8. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2009.12.001. Epub 2010 Feb 25.


Sleep deprivation has been shown to have detrimental effects on behavioural, physiological and psychological functioning. Skin disorders are variably associated with sleep disturbance and sleep deprivation, some associated with specific sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea. Paradoxically, there is very little literature focussed on the management of sleep problems in the context of skin disorders. Furthermore, randomised controlled trials of treatments for skin conditions are few and rarely measure sleep as an outcome, either subjectively or objectively. This review focuses on common skin disorders and how they affect sleep.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Dermatitis / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Lipodystrophy, Familial Partial / epidemiology
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / epidemiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy
  • Sleep*
  • Urticaria / epidemiology