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Papers: 28 Oct 2023 - 3 Nov 2023

2023 Oct

RMD Open




Lengthening sleep reduces pain in childhood arthritis: a crossover randomised controlled trial.


Clairman H, Dover S, Tomlinson G, Beebe D, Cameron B, Laxer RM, Levy D, Narang I, Paetkau S, Schneider R, Spiegel L, Stephens S, Stinson J, Tse S, Weiss S, Whitney K, Feldman BM


Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a common chronic childhood disease and chronic pain is a debilitating feature. A strong link has been shown between poor sleep and pain in JIA. However, the causal direction is unknown. This study’s aim was to determine if, in adolescents with JIA, a recommended healthful sleep duration leads to reductions in pain when compared with the restricted sleep (RS) duration that is commonly seen.