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Sleep Disorders

Updated 26 August 2014

Poor sleep linked to pain in older adults

According to researchers 'non restorative sleep' is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults.

Waking up and not feeling rested isn't just annoying. Researchers say that "non-restorative sleep" is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults.

The results, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, show that restless sleep as well as anxiety, memory problems and poor health play a role in the development of this type of pain.

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(Picture: Old woman in pain from Shutterstock)

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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