Current Sleep Medicine Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 173–180 | Cite as

Sleep and Pain: the Role of Depression

  • Joseph M. DzierzewskiEmail author
  • Scott Ravyts
  • Sarah C Griffin
  • Bruce Rybarczyk
Sleep and Pain (L Ferini-Strambi, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Sleep and Pain


Purpose of Review

Good nighttime sleep is essential for maintenance of optimal daytime functioning. When nighttime sleep is disrupted, there are countless associated daytime consequences. One of the more prominent daytime consequences of disrupted sleep is pain. While the association between sleep and pain has received great empirical attention, there is still much unknown. This paper aims to summarize and evaluate the state-of-the-science of the interrelations among sleep, pain, and mood.

Recent Findings

Cumulative scientific evidence suggests that nighttime sleep is associated with both daytime pain and daytime mood disturbances. A growing body of research indicates that disruptions in mood may be one mechanism through which sleep disruptions are related to daytime pain. The study of common biological substrates may shed additional light on the interrelations among sleep, pain, and mood.


Mood represents an important link between sleep and pain. Future investigations would be well suited to appropriately sample a variety of indicators from the domains of sleep, pain, and mood. Studies that test triadic treatments that simultaneously address sleep, pain, and mood are needed.


Sleep Insomnia Sleep apnea Sleep problems Pain Depression Mood Affect 


Funding Information

Joseph Dzierzewski was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (K23AG049955).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Scott Ravyts, Sarah C Griffin, and Bruce Rybarczyk each declare no potential conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph M. Dzierzewski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Scott Ravyts
    • 1
  • Sarah C Griffin
    • 1
  • Bruce Rybarczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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