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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(4), 462; doi:10.3390/ijms17040462

Mechanism of Sleep Disturbance in Children with Atopic Dermatitis and the Role of the Circadian Rhythm and Melatonin

Department of Pediatrics, Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei 100, Taiwan
School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Department of Medical Research, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei 100, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Elma Baron
Received: 28 February 2016 / Revised: 17 March 2016 / Accepted: 22 March 2016 / Published: 29 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sleep, Circadian Rhythm and Skin)
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Sleep disturbance is common in children with atopic dermatitis (AD). It is a major factor leading to impaired quality of life in these patients and could have negative effects on neurocognitive function and behavior. However, the pathophysiology of sleep disturbance in children with AD is poorly understood, and there is no consensus on how to manage sleep problems in these patients. Pruritus and scratching could lead to sleep disruption but is unlikely the sole etiology. The circadian rhythm of cytokines, the immune system, and skin physiology such as transcutaneous water loss and skin blood flow might also play a role. Recent studies have suggested that melatonin could also be involved due to its multiple effects on sleep, immunomodulation, and anti-oxidant ability. Environmental factors should also be considered. In this review, we summarize the current understanding of the pathophysiology of sleep disturbance in children with AD, and discuss possible therapeutic implications. View Full-Text
Keywords: melatonin; circadian rhythm; sleep disturbance; atopic dermatitis (AD) melatonin; circadian rhythm; sleep disturbance; atopic dermatitis (AD)

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Chang, Y.-S.; Chiang, B.-L. Mechanism of Sleep Disturbance in Children with Atopic Dermatitis and the Role of the Circadian Rhythm and Melatonin. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 462.

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