Myths and Facts about Sleep and Chronic Pain

Myths and Facts about Sleep and Chronic Pain

Myths and Facts about Sleep and Chronic Pain

In this webinar, Dr. Fleming described the control of normal sleep and explained some evidence-based strategies to maintain a normal sleep-wake rhythm. The findings from a variety of studies addressing the intricate, reciprocal relationship between pain and disturbed sleep were reviewed. Dr. Fleming also discussed the known mechanisms whereby pain disrupts sleep, and disturbed sleep exacerbates pain. Finally, the webinar explored the bio-psycho-social interventions that have been shown to effectively modulate pain and improve sleep.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees should be able to describe:

  • How normal sleep is generated and maintained.
  • How pain interferes with sleep and how disturbed sleep exacerbates pain.
  • Strategies that have been proven to improve sleep quality, reduce pain and improve quality of life in patients with chronic pain. 
Dr. Fleming

Dr. Fleming completed his undergraduate medical training at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1973. On completion of his internship at the University of Western Ontario, he came to UBC to study Psychiatry becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978. Interested in the REM sleep findings associated with depression, he obtained further training in Sleep Medicine at Stanford and was certified as a clinical polysomnographer in 1986. He is a Diplomate of both the American Boards of Neurology and Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, a Fellow of the Clinical Sleep Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a founding member of the Canadian Sleep Society.  His research interests are in sleep and psychiatric disorders and the psychopharmacology of sleep and wakefulness. He is a consultant in the Sleep Disorders Program, UBC Hospital, Vancouver and is the Associate Head for Education in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

Event Sponsors: 

This event is co-sponsored by Pain BC, CIRPD, and The Canadian Pain Coalition.