Sleep Problems and Risk of Chronic Pain

By | December 13, 2013

4144311_sA new study using data from 26 896 women and men investigated the relationship between sleep problems and risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders, and whether physical exercise and body mass index (BMI) alter this association.  Results showed that persons with sleep problems ‘sometimes’ and who exercised ≥1 hour per week had lower risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders than inactive persons with a similar level of sleep problems. Likewise, persons with BMI <25 kg/cm2 and sleep problems ‘sometimes’ had lower risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders than persons with BMI ≥25 kg/cm2 and a similar level of sleep problems.  Study authors concluded therefore that sleep problems are associated with an increased risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders.  Regular exercise and maintenance of normal body weight may reduce the adverse effect of mild sleep problems on risk of chronic pain.

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