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The impact of anxiety on sleep quality

Author(s): Azizeh Afkham-Ebrahimi | Maryam Rasoulian | Zahra Taherifar | Maryam Zare

Journal: Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
ISSN 1016-1430

Volume: 23;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 184;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Anxiety | sleep quality | Beck Anxiety Inventory | Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index

  Abstract   Background: A significant relationship between psychiatric disorders principally   depression and anxiety and insomnia is well-known in general population. Ahigh percent   of insomnia sufferers report anxiety symptoms. Anxiety is also frequently seen in   medical patients whom complaints of sleep problems are often prominent.   Method: 250 outpatients with various medical complaints participated in the study   and completed Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index(PSQI) and Beck Anxiety inventory   (BAI).   Results: The patients reported moderate anxiety on BAI. Significant correlations   were found between anxiety and four components of sleep; sleep quality, sleep latency,   sleep duration and habitual sleep efficiency.   Conclusion: The correlation of sleep complaints with anxiety symptoms indicated a   high interrelatedness between anxiety and sleep complaints. Insomnia is a disorder of   hyperarousal. Nonetheless inqury into mechanisms of arousal regulation could further   explain the anxiety and sleep disorders as well.  

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