Disturbed sleep and chronic pain.
The relationship between pain and disturbed sleep has been known since ancient times. However the relationship between poor sleep and increased sensitivity to pain has only recently been investigated. Recent research published in this month's edition of Pain, has again highlighted the complex physiology linking sleep and pain perception. In our clinical experience many chronic pain sufferers experience poor sleep, yet some simple measures may assist in improving both sleep quality and quantity. Some drugs, cognitive behavioural therapy and relaxation techniques can all help improve sleep. Dr Sawyer and Dr Cole would be happy to advise further on this fascinating area.