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2022 Feb




Factors Associated With Insomnia in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis.


Benetou S, Alikari V, Vasilopoulos G, Polikandrioti M, Kalogianni A, Panoutsopoulos GI, Toulia G, Leftheriotis D, Gerogianni G
Cureus. 2022 Feb; 14(2):e22197.
PMID: 35308769.


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder among patients on hemodialysis and has a strong relation with fatigue, depression, low immune system, increased risk of cardiovascular problems, and low quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore the factors associated with insomnia in patients undergoing hemodialysis.  Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 100 patients on hemodialysis (75 males and 25 females) from a hemodialysis center in Greece were included. Insomnia was assessed via the "Athens Insomnia Scale (AIS)" and a questionnaire about demographic and clinical characteristics. The Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney tests, and Spearman's rho criterion were used to evaluate the association between insomnia score and patients' characteristics. Multiple linear regression was performed to assess the effect of characteristics on patients' insomnia.