Sleep and Pain

A one-day course run by the Physiotherapy Pain Association in collaboration with Pain Training and Education

Next course:

Date:  Saturday March  21st 2020.
Venue: Physiotherapy Department (A101), Queens Building, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS2 8HW
Fee: PPA members £107.50, non-members £120 (Includes lunch and refreshments)

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Tutors: Andrew Green and Pete Gladwell

Andrew is a co-editor of “Sleep: multi-professional perspectives” (2012) and of “An Occupational Therapist’s Guide to Sleep and Sleep Problems” (2014). Andrew is a Specialist Occupational Therapist with nearly 20 years’ experience in an NHS sleep disorder clinic and 10 years in the North Bristol NHS Trust pain management service, now working as an independent practitioner; Pete is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist working in North Bristol NHS Trust in the Pain Management Service and the Bristol Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service.

This course introduces the theory and evidence base for a cognitive behavioural approach to pain-related sleep problems. The assessment of sleep problems is linked to individualised treatment planning and there is emphasis on practical skills development. This course is targeted at all physiotherapists and other clinicians who aim to enhance their knowledge and develop skills to support patients with pain-related sleep problems.

Course Aims & Objectives


To introduce and apply a biopsychosocial model to the assessment and management of sleep problems for people with pain, using cognitive and behavioural principles.


At the end of the course the delegate should have an understanding of:

  • normal sleep
  • how sleep is measured, including the use of sleep diaries
  • major sleep disorders
  • the distinction between fatigue and sleepiness
  • the relationships between pain and sleep
  • the assessment of sleep in routine clinical practice
  • non-pharmacological sleep interventions including:
    • sleep hygiene
    • stimulus control
    • cognitive and behavioural approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-i)
  • the role of exercise in sleep management
  • the evidence base regarding non-pharmacological sleep interventions
  • stress and worry management in relation to sleep management
  • when to refer to a sleep specialist