Poor Sleep and Depression, via Pain, Can Affect Cognition in Lupus Patients, Study Finds

Pain disturbs sleep and can augment depression, two factors that directly impact cognition in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, according to a study that looked into how pain relates to cognitive health in SLE patients.

Its researchers recommended that patients with depression or sleep problems be treated, preferably using non-pharmacologic approaches, to better protect higher-level thinking.

The study, “Sleep Disturbance and Depression Symptoms Mediate the Relationship between Pain and Cognitive Dysfunction in Lupus Patients,” was published in Arthritis Care & Research.

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