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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Poor Sleep Linked to Aches and Pains

A good night's sleep could help keep you pain free. Then again, being in pain could prevent you from sleeping well. A recent study found that people over age 50 who suffer from sleep problems are almost twice as likely as those who sleep well to develop widespread pain. Poor sleep quality was the strongest predictor of pain studied, surpassing anxiety, osteoarthritis, cognitive impairment, and physical health, among other factors. Further investigation is needed to determine whether non-restorative sleep is a cause of widespread pain or vice versa. More...
Westley Payne
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:06:42 AM

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that's why I'm feeling such a pain in my neck right now.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:55:43 AM

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I don't think there's a big surprise in that.
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:23:06 AM

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The Reuters report linked to in the OP is actually better than reviews I read earlier on a couple of medical sites. It gives both a more complete review of the results and a more realistic analysis of what they mean. This research showed a definite association and while that makes sense--especially in retrospect--we don't actually know there is a relationship until we prove it.

But, the relationship (which Reuters makes very clear) is just an association: it is not evidence of cause-and-effect. Possibly poor sleep causes pain. Possibly discomfort which is at first not recognized as pain disrupts sleep first and only later progresses to recognizable pain. Or, perhaps there is another factor/factors which cause(s) both the sleeplessness and the pain.

Sleep specialists (yep, there's a whole specialty in sleep) have done a lot of research on things which promote and things which interfere with good sleep. Searching the term sleep hygiene should find quite a lot of information.
Marguerite
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:00:24 AM

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Though this article didn't specify any definitive conclusions on the forecasting of a person who will experience constant pain, it did pose some interesting ideas that link sleep problems to the problem of experiencing constant pain later in life. It is worth the read.
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