Nocturnal pruritus: The battle for a peaceful night’s sleep

Michael Joseph Lavery, Carolyn Stull, Michael Owen Kinney, Gil Yosipovitch

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Chronic pruritus is a debilitating condition with numerous etiologies. Many patients suffer from nocturnal pruritus, which can decrease quality of life and affect mortality in hemodialysis patients. Nocturnal pruritus may occur in all sleep stages but is most prevalent in stages N1 and N2. Further research is needed to elucidate the pathophysiology of nocturnal itch, which will aid in the development of tailored management strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number425
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 22 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Physiology
  • Pruritus
  • Sleep
  • Sleep cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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