Atopic Dermatitis beyond the Skin: The Impact on Children’s Sleep - Abstract
Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory multifactorial disease with genetic, environmental and immunological characteristics. It affects approximately 15% to 30% of children, 1% to 3% of adults, and its prevalence has been increasing. Currently, it is subject of several clinical researchers and new therapies possibilities. Sleep disorders is prevalent among individuals with AD, resulting in a negative impact of life quality, compromised academic and occupational performance, behavioral alterations and increased stress levels. The literature suggests that AD is associated with sleep disorders in children from 47% to 80% of the cases and from 33% to 90% in adults. This is a descriptive study, characterized as a narrative literature review. The research was based on of studies published in English and Portuguese between January 2013 and August 2023, which are available in electronic media from various databases, such as PubMed, Scientific Electronic Library Online and Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences. The aim of this review is to describe the relationship between atopic dermatitis and sleep disorders, in order to contribute to a better understanding and clinical management of atopic dermatitis. AD can affect the lives of individuals to varying degrees, as well as their families. Sleep assessment, multidisciplinary monitoring and appropriate treatment are crucial to improving the general wellbeing of individuals affected by AD.