In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Joshua Wilt and colleagues present the results from a study examining the relationship between pain, sleep and pain catastrophizing in 50 patients with chronic pain undergoing an interdisciplinary treatment programme at a rehabilitation clinic . The study is notable for several reasons. The interrelation between sleep and pain is an intriguing issue which indeed requires attention in research. Co-occurrence of sleep and pain is strikingly common, with over half of pain patients reporting concurrent sleep disturbances [2,3]. There is growing evidence that treating sleep difficulties may be vital for achieving improvements in patients with co-existing pain and sleep difficulties (e.g., [4,5]). However, it should be noted that purely targeting sleep has fairly small effects on pain outcomes (for a review, see ). Consequently, there are still areas to explore concerning the nature of the relationship between pain and sleep, and considering the role of catastrophizing may add valuable knowledge.The longitudinal study by Wilt and colleagues makes a contribution to the field as it investigates the nature of the interrelation between pain and sleep over time and even includes possible mediating factors (see Fig. 1 for the models that were tested).
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 2016
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