OcusFocus/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that pain may be the problem keeping many Americans from getting sufficient sleep.
Respondents said that having pain was associated with feeling unhealthy and more stressed, and with problems sleeping. Included in the pain-related sleep issues was lower-quality sleep, as the actual difference in duration between those with chronic pain and those without was only about 20 to 30 minutes per night.
Even environmental factors, such as temperature, light and noise, were more problematic for those respondents with pain.
People with chronic pain, the survey showed, were more worried about their sleep, saying that it was impacting their daily life.
The study found that 21 percent of Americans suffer chronic pain, and 36 percent said they had suffered acute pain within the last week.
Sixty-five percent of those without pain reported good to very good sleep quality, compared to just 45 percent with acute pain and 37 percent with chronic pain.
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