Practicing good sleep hygiene is key to achieving a good night's sleep. Some tips for people with chronic pain are:
It is time to seek professional help when pain causes sleep problems two to three times a night, and you are unable to fall asleep again. There are a variety of treatments available to ease the sleep problems of chronic pain sufferers, including medication and physical therapy. Doctors may also recommend seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist.
--Dr. Lavigne is a professor of dentistry and psychiatry at the Université de Montréal .
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of sleepmatters.