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Insomnia in HIV/AIDS

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Insomnia is self-reported difficulty getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, waking up early, or a feeling that one's sleep has not been restorative. Insomnia is a common problem reported by people living with HIV/AIDS that begins early in HIV disease, often prior to diagnosis and treatment, and continues throughout the illness.7-9 Reid and Dwyer10 report difficulty obtaining robust estimates of sleep problems in PLWHA, but studies of human subjects, particularly those using self-report measures, have typically reported higher prevalence rates, ranging from 43% to 100%.11-13 In the United Kingdom, Anderson and Weatherburn13 evaluated the needs of 1,821 people living with HIV/AIDS who responded to a survey and found that 32% reported that they were unhappy with their sleep.

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