APSS: Taking Pain Meds in the Morning Helps Patients Sleep Better at Night

June 15, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- When arthritis patients took extended release morphine sulfate (Avinza) on awakening, they got to sleep more easily at night and slept better and longer, researchers found.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., June 15 -- When arthritis patients took extended release morphine sulfate (Avinza) on awakening, they got to sleep more easily at night and slept better and longer, researchers found.

Total sleep time increased from 367 minutes a night (six hours and seven minutes) to 402.5 minutes (six hours and 42.5 minutes) a night (P

Dr. Moore suggested that prescribing physicians should feel confident that pain control in these patients will improve nighttime sleep quality and will increase total sleep time in patients who are experiencing sleep disruption because of chronic pain.