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Anxious Thoughts About Sleep Shown to Make Pain Worse

If you battle chronic pain — including pain associated with migraines and headaches — and suffer from insomnia… you’re going to want to pay attention to this story.

British researchers have discovered that negative thoughts about pain and not being able to sleep can worsen pain conditions like migraine, back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.

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According to scientists, the way how we think about sleep and its interaction with pain can influence the way how we cope with pain and manage sleeplessness.

In their research, the scientists developed a scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in chronic pain and migraine patients, along with the quality of their sleep.

The scale was tested on four groups of patients suffering from long-term pain and bad sleeping patterns, and found to be a reliable predictor of future pain and insomnia.

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Researchers found that people who believe they won’t be able to sleep because of their pain are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing more pain. The vicious cycle of pain and sleeping problems was significantly reduced after patients received instructions in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy in which a therapist works with a patient to reduce negative, anxious thoughts and behavior.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, is not the first to explore the connection between pain and poor sleep.

A 2015 study published in the journal PAIN linked insomnia and impaired sleep to reduced pain tolerance in a large sample of over 10,000 adults in Norway. Those who had trouble sleeping at least once a week had a 52% lower pain tolerance, while those who reported insomnia once a month had a 24% lower tolerance for pain.

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