Sleep and immune function among people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Monique S. Balthazar, Allison Webel, Faye Gary, Christopher J. Burant, Vicken Y. Totten, Joachim G. Voss

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People living with HIV are at increased risk for sleep disturbances. Up to 75% of the HIV-infected individuals in the United States experience sleep disturbances of some kind. Previous studies have suggested an association between patient-reported sleep disturbances and impaired immune function. This study evaluates data obtained via sleep actigraphy to evaluate the relationship between objectively measured sleep, HIV viral load, and immune function. While this study found no relationship between objective sleep and CD4+ T- lymphocyte count, higher sleep efficiency was weakly correlated with lower HIV viral loads, τ b(93)= −.165, p =.043. More research is warranted to clarify the nature of these relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1196-1200
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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