Sleep Away the Pain: Whether and How to Treat Insomnia to Improve Chronic Pain (208)

3:45–4:45 pm Friday, April 27

Review recent research on how disrupted sleep can worsen chronic pain and better-quality sleep can improve it, as well as effective interventions for treating insomnia and chronic pain that go beyond basic sleep hygiene or the use of pharmaceutical sleep aids. The session will introduce attendees to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia and chronic pain and explore approaches for combining CBT protocols to treat concomitant chronic pain and insomnia. In addition, faculty will provide an introduction to the literature regarding circadian rhythmicity and pain, with an emphasis on therapeutic considerations.

Relationship Between Sleep and Pain

Heather Poupore-King, PhD

Non-Drug Treatments for Sleep and Pain

Fiona Barwick, PhD

Circadian Rhythms in Sleep and Pain

R. Robert Auger, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the prevalence and impact of disrupted sleep (including circadian dysrhythmias) on chronic pain.
  • Describe ACP-recommended CBT treatment for insomnia and chronic pain.
  • Review recent research reporting outcomes on combined or integrated CBT treatment protocols for chronic pain and co-occurring insomnia.
  • Assess nascent literature regarding circadian rhythmicity and pain, with an emphasis on therapeutic considerations.