Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Connection Between Sleep and Chronic Pain?

Is your chronic pain interfering with your sleep? Or do you know a family member who is always tired? Either way, our 4 question quiz is a great introduction to the connection between sleep and your chronic pain.

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Question 1.

What percentage of people with chronic back pain suffer from a sleep disorder?

  1. 25 percent
  2. 90 percent
  3. 10 percent
  4. 66 percent

Answer: d

Roughly two-thirds of people with chronic back pain report sleep-related problems—including insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, and non-restorative sleep (not feeling refreshed upon waking up).

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To make matters worse, a lack of sleep can aggravate your chronic pain. Thus, you may find yourself trapped in a brutal cycle of pain and sleeplessness.

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Question 2.

True or False: Your sleeping problems should be treated in isolation from your chronic pain.

Answer: False

As a general rule, sleeping problems should not be treated in isolation from your chronic pain—in part because your chronic pain is likely a factor in your sleeping problems.

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Additionally, many of the behavioral and psychological approaches to treating your sleeping problems can also help with the treatment of your chronic pain.

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Question 3.

Which of the following is considered a good sleep hygiene habit?

  1. Avoiding naps
  2. Waking up at the same time every morning
  3. Avoiding coffee and rigorous exercise near bedtime
  4. Adopting a consistent bedtime

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Answer: All of the above

You practice personal hygiene habits to keep yourself looking and feeling good. Likewise, it’s a smart idea to practice good sleep hygiene habits to help you both fall asleep and stay asleep. Of course, the above habits are not hard and fast rules. For example, it’s important to try to maintain a consistent bedtime—but never go to bed unless you’re feeling sleepy.

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Question 4.

True or False: The only sleep treatments available come with a prescription.

Answer: False

Psychological techniques such as relaxation training, meditation, hypnosis, and cognitive restructuring can improve your sleep and decrease your perception of your chronic pain. This doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a prescription sleep-aid, but you may want to start with psychological treatments before asking your doctor about medications.

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Bonus Question

True or False: You should consult with your doctor if your chronic pain is interfering with your sleep.

Answer: True

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Post written by Andrew Moeller