Impact of insomnia on pain in postmenopausal women

Impact of insomnia on pain in postmenopausal women

Author Frange, Cristina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Naufel, Maria Fernanda Soares Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Andersen, Monica Levy Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ribeiro, Eliane Beraldi Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Girão, Manoel João Batista Castello Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tufik, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Hachul, Helena Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Background: Sleep disturbances and pain are assumed to be reciprocally linked. Insomnia and pain are central symptoms of the postmenopausal period and are closely related. Insomnia affects quality of life, increases pain sensitivity, the risk of pain-related disability, and other health problems.Objective: To investigate whether insomnia influences aspects of pain (pain intensity and the effect of pain on daily function) in postmenopausal women, and to evaluate the objective sleep pattern of insomniacs with pain.Methods: Fifty-seven women completed questionnaires about insomnia, climacteric symptoms, and pain. Polysomnography data were collected as well as their medical history. Patients were allocated into three groups: control, subthreshold insomnia, and insomnia. Pain intensity, climacteric symptoms and objective sleep pattern were compared between groups.Results: Postmenopausal women with insomnia had statistically significant higher pain interference in their activities (e.g. relationships with other people, enjoyment of life and sleep) than controls, and had more severe climacteric symptoms. There were no statistically significant differences in pain intensity and objective sleep pattern between groups.Conclusions: Insomnia status affected climacteric symptoms and pain interference, but not pain intensity in postmenopausal women. Women with insomnia had higher rates of climacteric symptoms than those without insomnia or those with subthreshold insomnia. No changes in objective sleep pattern were found.
Keywords Sleep
climacteric symptoms
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Abingdon
Language English
Sponsor Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Psicofarmacologia (AFIP)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Grant number FAPESP: 2014/18722-5
CNPq: 158506/2014-6
Date 2017
Published in Climacteric. Abingdon, v. 20, n. 3, p. 262-267, 2017.
ISSN 1369-7137 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Extent 262-267
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000401484200012

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