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Myths and Facts about Sleep and Chronic Pain

August 14, 2012 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Recorded in August, 2012


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In this Webinar, Dr Fleming describes the control of normal sleep and defines evidence based strategies that are required to maintain a normal sleep-wake rhythm. He reviews the findings from a variety of studies addressing the intricate, reciprocal relationship between pain and disturbed sleep and discusses the known mechanisms whereby pain disrupts sleep and disturbed sleep exacerbates pain. He ends by discussing the bio-psycho-social interventions that have been shown to be effective in modulating pain and improving sleep. 

At the conclusion of this Webinar attendees will be able to describe:

  • How normal sleep is generated and maintained.
  • How pain interferes with sleep and how disturbed sleep exacerbates pain.
  • Strategies that have been proven to improve sleep quality, reduce pain and improve quality of life in patients with chronic pain.


Jonathan Fleming, MD

Co-Director, Sleep Disorders Program, UBC Hospital

Dr. Fleming completed his undergraduate medical training at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1973. On completion of his internship at the University of Western Ontario, he came to UBC to study Psychiatry becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978. Interested in the REM sleep findings associated with depression, he obtained further training in Sleep Medicine at Stanford and was certified as a clinical polysomnographer in 1986. He is a Diplomate of both the American Boards of Neurology and Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, a Fellow of the Clinical Sleep Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a founding member of the Canadian Sleep Society.  His research interests are in sleep and psychiatric disorders and the psychopharmacology of sleep and wakefulness. He is a consultant in the Sleep Disorders Program, UBC Hospital, Vancouver and is the Associate Head for Education in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

This event is co-sponsored by CIRPD, Pain BC and The Canadian Pain Coalition.

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