Pain and Sleep: Unfriendly Bedfellows

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(ARA) - Insomnia often strikes out of the blue, sets up camp for a few nights and then vanishes just as quietly as it arrived. At least that's how it works for most people.


At a recent Select Comfort Sleep Advisory Board meeting, Dr. Miles Belgrade, a pain specialist at Fairview Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis, spoke about the role of sleep among pain patients. Interestingly, 89 percent of chronic pain patients report at least one type of sleep disturbance. And unfortunately, anxiety about not sleeping well can actually worsen the severity and duration of insomnia.

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