Sleep quality and presleep arousal in chronic pain

M. T. Smith, M. L. Perlis, M. S. Smith, D. E. Giles, T. P. Carmody

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This study was designed (1) to characterize the extent and nature of sleep complaints of chronic pain patients and (2) to examine the factors that predict sleep quality. A heterogeneous sample of 51 outpatients with benign, chronic pain was recruited from newspaper and pain clinic advertisements. Patients completed a variety of self-report instruments including the Multidimensional Pain Inventory, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, the Pre- Sleep Arousal Scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. Sleep complaints were reported by 88% of the sample. Presleep cognitive arousal, rather than pain severity, was found to be the primary predictor of sleep quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Presleep arousal
  • Sleep quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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