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People with chronic pain commonly complain of sleep disturbance. This study reports the characteristics of the pain and sleep of a large sample of patients with chronic pain (n = 160). This study compared subgroups of good sleepers with pain (n = 48) and poor sleepers with pain (n = 108). Poor sleepers with pain were younger and reported more pain, pain-related disability, depression, pain-related anxiety, and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep. Using simultaneous regression analysis, this study examined the roles of pain, dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, pain-related disability, depression, and pain-related anxiety in predicting concurrent sleep quality. The findings are relevant to the development of models of sleep disturbance comorbid with chronic pain.

Original publication




Journal article


Behav Sleep Med

Publication Date





28 - 39


Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude to Health, Chronic Disease, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pain, Pain Measurement, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Regression Analysis, Sleep, Sleep Wake Disorders, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult