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10. 27. 2016

Recent News, Sleep Apnea

Sleep Disturbance in patients taking opioid medication

Did you know that lack of sleep can increase pain, and pain can create problematic sleep? It is a vicious cycle that affects many people who are being treated for chronic pain. For people taking high doses of opiods (Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine, etc.), these medications can interrupt normal brain activity, leading to poor quality of sleep. The following article documents activity and sleep patterns in 31 participants taking opioid and non-opioid medications for chronic back pain. Patients with chronic pain reported disturbances in sleep, decreased quality of sleep, symptoms of insomnia and increased fatigue. In addition, more time was spent in bed and it took longer for them to fall asleep.

Please click on the following link to learn more about the relationship between pain and sleep.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.13601/epdf

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