Sleep problems may predict later pain problems

sleep and chronic pain study
For at least some groups of 'emerging adults,' sleep problems are a predictor of chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time, a recent study suggests.

Sleep problems might be an important risk factor for increased pain, especially in young women.

This new study suggests that sleep problems are significantly associated with chronic pain and specific types of pain problems in  emerging adulthood which apparently is the distinct period between 18 and 25 years of age.  "Our findings indicate the sleep problems are not only a precursor for pain, but actually predict the persistence of chronic pain and an increase in pain levels," say the researchers. In addition, they conclude, "Our findings suggest that sleep problems may be an additional target for treatment and prevention strategies in female emerging adults with chronic pain and musculoskeletal pain."

Read more at ScienceDaily, 31 March 2016. Wolters Kluwer Health. "For young adults, sleep problems predict later pain problems."

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