Sleep Disturbance and Chronic Pain: Biobehavioral Interactions

Michael T. Smith, Adeel Nasir, Claudia M. Campbell, Renata Okonkwo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


For decades, experimental data has suggested that sleep disturbance alters pain processing and heightens the sensory and emotional dimensions of pain. Until recently, however, clinical research into the prevention and treatment of chronic pain rarely included more than a superficial consideration of sleep. This chapter aims to highlight the promise of integrating sleep and pain research to address the problem of chronic pain as a central nervous system disease by 1) reviewing evidence that sleep disturbance contributes to hyperalgesia and pain augmentation, 2) summarizing longitudinal data demonstrating that sleep disruption predicts the development of chronic pain, 3) discussing how psychological factors interacting with sleep disturbance may contribute to chronic pain, and 4) highlighting potential underlying biologic mechanisms mediating associations between sleep disturbance and pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940837
ISBN (Print)019537620X, 9780195376203
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Catastrophizing
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disturbance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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