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Sleep and pain


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1 hour
Pain management
Publish Date
03 May 2017
01 07 June 2024
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About this Course

This course will provide an overview of the relationship between sleep and pain.

There is a reciprocal relationship between pain and sleep. Pain interferes with sleep, and disturbed sleep contributes to the experience of pain.

The influence of analgesics for chronic pain on sleep and suggestions for the combined management of pain and insomnia will also be covered.

The learning objectives are:
•    To understand the importance of healthy sleep.
•    To understand the reciprocal relationship between pain and sleep.
•    To be able to provide management options for those presenting with chronic pain and insomnia, focussing on non-pharmacological options.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit', where you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.

This course has been endorsed by The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for up to 1CME credit for their General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes, and the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) for PD hours.


This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP. It was reviewed by Dr Giresh Kanji, Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist and Dr Hazel Fuiava (MBChB, DipPaeds).

Course Content

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Sleep and pain
Sleep & Pain Quiz