The results showed that non-restorative sleep – gauged by waking up feeling tired and worn out even after getting the usual amount of sleep – "was the strongest predictor of new onset widespread pain."
"We have previously shown that among persons with widespread pain, restorative sleep predicted symptom resolution," the paper said. "Together these data suggest that sleep may offer a modifiable target to improve outcome in this patient group."
Dr. Simmons concludes that "In the future we will look back and see how much we didn't understand, but unless we embrace the knowledge of our experience we will never reach that future perspective."
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