Study: 72% of people with diabetic foot ulcers have "poor" sleep quality

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Geraldo Magela Salomé; Donata Maria de Souza Pellegrino; Leila Blanes; Lydia Masako Ferreira

Index: WOUNDS. 2013;25(1):20–27.

  Abstract: Objective. To assess sleep quality in a population of patients with diabetic foot ulcers.Methods. This was an exploratory, descriptive, cross-sectional study. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to assess sleep quality in 60 patients with diabetes mellitus and foot ulcers.Results. Seventeen (28.3%) patients had a global PSQI score less than 5, indicating that they were good sleepers, while 43 (71.7%) patients were considered poor sleepers. The patients reported going to bed between 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm (n = 40, 66.70%), taking from 16 minutes to 30 minutes to fall asleep (n = 25, 41.70%), and waking up after 4 hours to 5 hours of sleep (n = 40, 66.70%).Conclusion. Patients with diabetic foot ulcers have poor sleep quality.

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