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Human Studies

2021 Feb 20

J Behav Med

The relationship between sleep and opioids in chronic pain patients.


Frers A, Shaffer J, Edinger J, Wachholtz A
J Behav Med. 2021 Feb 20.
PMID: 33609232.


Sleep problems are common among chronic pain patients who take opioids. There are documented effects of opioids on sleep architecture; however, the long-term effects of opioids on sleep remain unknown. This study examined whether opioid-naïve participants have better sleep quality than current and previous chronic users of opioids. We also explored whether sleep differed between methadone and buprenorphine users, and whether amount of time since abstaining from opioids was associated with sleep quality.