Rheumatology Network: A recent study looked at the relationship between sleep and gout.

Patients with either diagnosed or suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a higher likelihood of developing gout, according to a study published in BMC Rheumatology.1 Further, patients with gout more frequently reported insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and worry about their sleep.

“There is likely to be a bidirectional relationship between sleep and gout, as gout flares may be influenced by circadian rhythms, and sleep quality is likely to be influenced by gout flares,” investigators explained. “Given the morbidity associated with sleep problems, we should be vigilant regarding sleep health in our patients with gout.”

In this cross-sectional online survey of 2044 Australian adults, investigators assessed self-reported and doctor diagnosed OSA, as well as patient-reported sleep outcomes, to determine the prevalence of sleep disorders and sleep problems within this population. The survey also included a section on other chronic health conditions, including gout. Age, sex, body mass index, and alcohol consumption were recorded. A possible undiagnosed OSA was determined through self-reported loud snoring and observed apnea.

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