Chronic Pain — 19 August 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

If your spouse suffers from chronic pain, your sleep, mood and health may suffer as well, according to a new study published in the journal Pain.

Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 138 osteoarthritis patients and their spouses over 22 consecutive nights.  The patients had moderate to intense pain in their knees, were at least 50-years old, and were married or in long term relationships.

Couples were asked to keep a daily diary of their pain levels, quality of sleep, and levels of feeling rested or refreshed in the morning.

“Sleep is a critical health behavior, and individuals whose sleep is affected by their partner’s pain are at risk for physical and psychiatric problems.  Spouses whose sleep is compromised may also be less able to respond empathically to patients’ symptoms and need for support,” said lead investigator Lynn Martire, of Penn State University.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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