The SLEEPain project aims to investigate the positive effects of medication usually used to treat sleep issues, on back pain.

Research has shown that there is a bi-directional relationship between sleep quality and pain intensity in people with low back pain. That means that people with low back pain are more likely to sleep poorly, and people who sleep poorly are more likely to report worse back pain. This trial is investigating whether improving sleep has a knock-on effect on improving pain in people who have a new onset of pain in their lower back.

Recruitment for the SLEEPain project is now completed. We are finalising the analysis and preparing the manuscript for publication.