About this event

  • Date and time Mon 7 Sep 2020 from 9:00am to 4:55pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Pain Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Please note this event has changed format to a webinar. The new time and date for the webinar is Monday 7 September at 1:30pm. Please book your place here.

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.

The Andrew Lawson Prize

First prize: £200 and free attendance to a Pain Medicine meeting of your choice.

Open to: All medical students and trainees in pain medicine up to APT level. Submissions from trainees of other specialties will also be accepted.

Submission deadline: 17 July 2020

Application guidelines:

Submit a 3,000-word essay on the topic: Long-term pain, sleep, and pain medications: Vicious circles, or good cycles? The winner will be required to present their essay at a Pain Medicine meeting. To find out more or to submit your essay, click here

We have 10 bursary places available for Trainees to all Sleep Medicine meetings on a first come first served basis (1 bursary per person per year). To claim your free place, please email sleep.disorders@rsm.ac.uk.

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Key speakers

Dr Nicola Tang

Dr Tang is running award-winning research trials into insomnia CBT within the pain clinic.

Dr Kirstie Anderson

President of the Sleep Medicine faculty

Speaker's biography

Dr Anderson has published research into the cardiometabolic and sleep impact of the commonly prescribed pain medications. She explores the impact of deprescribing opioids on sleep and restless legs.

Professor Sue Wilson

Professor at Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Wilson has extensive research experience of psychopharmacology and all aspects of polysomnography in the understanding of sleep and the investigation of sleep disorders.

Dr Kyle Pattinson

Dr Pattinson works within the academic pain team in Oxford and has studied the impact of opioids upon respiratory control.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Chair: Dr Kirstie Anderson, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

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

Fatigue and sleep – the role of the sleep lab and polysomnography

Professor Sue Wilson, Imperial College London

Tea and coffee break
Breathing and your brain, the impact of opioids on central ventilation

Dr Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford

Panel discussion

AGM for Sleep Medicine section members only


Chair: Dr Anthony Ordman, Past President, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Insomnia and CBT in the pain clinic, waking less to improve pain

Dr Nicola Tang, University of Warwick

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

Tea and coffee break
The timing of pain, migraine, sleep and circadian rhythm

Dr Alex Nesbitt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Sleep Service, London

Panel discussion
Presentation of the Andrew Lawson student essay prize

Essay on the topic: Long-term pain, sleep, and pain medications: Vicious circles, or good cycles? 

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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