Pain-Related Sleep & Fatigue


 

"Sleep For People With Chronic Pain Improved By Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" - Arthritis Digest, 11/9/15

People experiencing chronic pain because of conditions such as arthritis could enjoy better sleep after cognitive behavioural therapy training, experts outline in the medical journal, Sleep.  Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that encourages people to change the way they think and behave in order to manage their problems.

In the first ever analysis of the effects of non-drug treatments for sleeplessness, the team looked at 72 studies involving a total of 1,066 people aged 45 years to 61 years who suffered from insomnia and pain caused by arthritis, cancer and headaches. They found that cognitive behavioral therapy:

  • Improved sleep for people in chronic pain;
  • Had a positive impact on pain, fatigue and depression;
  • Was most effective in person rather than online or over the telephone.

“This study is particularly important because the use of drugs to treat insomnia is not recommended over a long period of time, therefore the condition needs to be addressed using a non-pharmacological treatment,” explains Dr Nicole Tang, who led the work.

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