Haack and colleagues recently reported in the journal Pain that restricting sleep on weekdays and catching up on the weekends led to more pain. Furthermore, people who caught up on weekends had a tougher time dealing with pain than those who slept eight hours every night.
“In those already suffering from chronic pain, it is of critical importance to incorporate sleep improvement strategies,” Haack says. “And to have sleep specialists as part of the pain management team.”
- Afolalu EF, Ramlee F, Tang NKY. Effects of sleep changes on pain-related health outcomes in the general population: A systematic review of longitudinal studies with exploratory meta-analysis. Sleep Med. 2017 Aug 18. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2017.08.001