International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Sleep Quality and Habits of Adults with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Janelle R. McDaniel, Walter C. Buboltz, Jr., Ida V. Chauvin, Ondie L.M. Eddlemon, B.S.

The negative effects of sleep disturbances have been well documented in the general population and research shows individuals with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are particularly vulnerable to sleep difficulties. The medical and life quality issues effecting this population indicate the importance of characterizing the nature of these difficulties in terms of both sleep quality and quantity. With the extended life expectancies of HIV-positive persons, management of problems such as sleep disturbance is a vital aspect of improving quality of life. This study examined the sleep habits of persons living with HIV to determine sleep quality and identify possible targets for intervention. Results indicated that HIV-positive persons suffer diminished quality of sleep, high levels of insomnia, and high levels of nocturnal awakenings. Implications are discussed.

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