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Poor Sleep Could Increase Risk Of Chronic Pain


Older adults who toss and turn at night may be at an increased risk for various aches and pains during the day, according to a new study from researchers at the U.K.'s Keele University. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 4,300 British adults.

They found that about 2,700 reported some form of chronic pain. Over the course of the three-year study the researchers discovered that those who reported consistently poor sleep quality were also more likely to also report new or continuing chronic pain.

"While osteoarthritis is linked to new onset of widespread pain, our findings also found that poor sleep, [memory], and physical and psychological health may increase pain risk. Combined interventions that treat both site-specific and widespread pain are needed for older adults," the researchers explained.

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