Original Article

Evaluation of Sleep Quality in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


  • Elif Aydın
  • Yasemin Turan
  • İmran Kurt Ömürlü

Received Date: 09.09.2014 Accepted Date: 10.09.2014 Meandros Med Dent J 2014;15(3):96-98


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is defined as entrapment neuropathy of the median nerve at the wrist. Pain and disestesia that worsen at night are characteristic features of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine sleep quality of patients with CTS and also defining the association between symptom severity, functional impairment with existing sleep disturbance.


Twenty-nine patients with CTS according to electrodiagnostic evaluation and 25 healthy volunteers recruited from hospital staff were included into the study. Informed consent was obtained from all participants. Boston Questionnaire was used to evaluate symptom severity and functional impairment. Sleep quality of the participants was assessed with Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.


Overall sleep quality of the CTS patients was significantly worse than control group (p=0.046). Detailed analysis of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality index components revealed that habitual sleep efficiency was significantly impaired in patients with CTS (p=0.001).


Sleep quality was significantly disturbed in patients with CTS, and also the total time that patients were asleep was shortened.

Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Pittsburgh sleep quality index, sleep