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Sleep and Pain Medicine Event – The Royal Society of Medicine

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:55 pm

Join us as we bring together experts from two separate faculties, Pain and Sleep Medicine, to explore the bidirectional link between pain and sleep.

A bad night sleep worsens pain. Many patients attribute poor sleep to the primary pain condition rather than considering distinct and treatable primary sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea or restless legs. Learning how to spot and treat sleep disorders improves outcomes in the pain clinic.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Understand normal and abnormal sleep and how abnormal sleep is measured and impacts upon pain.
  • Identify common sleep disorders as they may present within the pain clinic.
  • Be knowledgeable about impact of treatment of insomnia upon pain outcomes.
  • Gain awareness of the impact of pharmacological therapies for pain upon sleep.

20% discount is available for delegates also attending ‘Pain prehabilitation prior to surgery‘ event being held on 21 May. This discount is valid until 21 April 2020. To claim this offer, please call customer service on 020 7290 3941.

Early bird pricing available until 29 February 2020.


9:00am Registration, tea and coffee
9:15am Welcome and introduction Chair: Dr Kirstie Anderson, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine
9:30am An overview of the common primary sleep disorders and their presentation in the pain clinic Dr Kirstie Anderson, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine
10:15am Fatigue and sleep – the role of the sleep lab and polysomnography Professor Sue Wilson, Imperial College London
11:00am Tea and coffee break
11:30am Breathing and your brain, the impact of opioids on central ventilation Dr Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford
12:15pm Panel discussion
12:30pm Lunch AGM for Sleep Medicine section members only
1:30pm Introduction Chair: Dr Anthony Ordman, Past President, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine
1:40pm Insomnia and CBT in the pain clinic, waking less to improve pain Dr Nicola Tang, University of Warwick
2:15pm Updates in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea and implications for the pain clinic Dr Rexford Musa, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Sleep Service, London
3:00pm Tea and coffee break
3:30pm The timing of pain, migraine, sleep and circadian rhythm Dr Alex Nesbitt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Sleep Service, London
4:15pm Panel discussion
4:30pm Presentation of the Andrew Lawson student essay prize Essay on the topic: Long-term pain, sleep, and pain medications: Vicious circles, or good cycles?
4:55pm Close of meeting


May 22
9:00 am - 4:55 pm


The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London, W1G DAE
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