woman waking up with back and neck painThe following article outlines the relationship between pain and sleep disturbances, specifically their cause-and-effect relationship.  Chronic pain impairs quality of sleep, and poor sleep cycles intensify pain. Approximately 28 million Americans report sleep issues stemming from chronic pain.  Patients who experience fragmented sleep may have a decreased pain threshold and longer recovery times from injuries.  According to the following article, OSA was diagnosed in 35% – 57% of patients in long-term pain clinics. Additionally, for patients receiving narcotics, 35.2% were diagnosed with OSA and 14.1% with CSA. Click here to read the full article on the relationship between OSA and chronic pain.